In the past, rumors have suggested that Apple was working on making the iPhone available to China Mobile customers. Now, a new report from CapitalVue suggests that Apple has finally closed a deal with China Mobile to launch the iPhone on their network. China Mobile currently has over 600 million customers making it the world’s largest mobile carrier.
The source of the rumor is uncertain since the report indicated to “a company filing” picked up by Chinese-language site ccidcom.com. MacRumors auto translated the article and reports that the report came from the Associated Press. They have been unable to locate such an article.
If ccidcom.com’s report does prove to be true, it suggests that China Mobile will announce the iPhone 4 in October, and then later will be followed by the iPhone 5 and future 4G LTE models based on the carrier’s homegrown TD-LTE standard.
In China, Apple currently offers the iPhone through China Unicom, but has been rumored many times to be trying to strike a deal with China Telecom. Clearly, Apple is getting ready to make the Chinese market a priority and is working on trying convince all of the country’s top carriers to offer the iPhone.