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NewsPoster Dec 18, 2013 10:15 AM
China Mobile exec: 'still in talks' with Apple over iPhone deal
China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua has downplayed rumors that his company has already <A href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/12/12/chance.to.pre.order.new.iphones.on.china.mobile.ma y.be.just.hours.away/">finalized a deal</a> with Apple to sell the iPhone. Speaking to journalists during a conference in Guanzhou, the executive claimed that the Chinese carrier has no announcement to make and is still in talks with Apple, according to a <em>Reuters</em> <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/18/us-chinamobile-apple-idUSBRE9BH0DY20131218?feedType=RSS&feedName=techno logyNews">report</a>.<br /><br />The comments contradict several recent rumors, fueled by an <A href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/12/09/december.13.date.of.device.sale.december.18.date.o f.4g.rollout/">iPhone pre-order listing</a> that China Mobile briefly slipped on its own website. The company a few days later listed Apple's smartphones on a reservation page for its LTE rollout, while a blogger took pictures of what appeared to be <A href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/12/13/shenzhen.store.given.over.to.iphone.banners.phones .accessories/">iPhone advertisements</a> in one of the carrier's retail stores.<br />
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As the largest carrier in the world, with a subscriber base of approximately 760 million users, China Mobile is the last major Chinese carrier to embrace the iPhone. A recent survey suggested an official deal with China Mobile could result in at least <A href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/12/17/numbers.considered.conservative.could.go.as.high.a s.23.million/">12 million iPhone sales</a>, while analysts expect double that in the first year of availability.
 
Wingsy Dec 18, 2013 11:16 AM
So that's why AAPL is down this morning. For some reason I guess investors think that just because it didn't happen on the RUMORED date, that it will never happen. Sounds like my kids' thinking.
 
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