China Mobile is still in talks with Apple to launch the iPhone and is busy promoting its own ‘OPhones’ as the world’s largest mobile operator gets to grips with last week’s news that rival China Unicom has signed a three-year deal to sell Apple’s iconic device.
China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile operator by subscribers – has agreed to support the Symbian Foundation in a deal seen as a major boost to the open source smartphone platform as it seeks to maintain its leadership position in light of increasing competition from Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android.
Reuters reports that China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, said today it hopes to soon have lower-cost handsets for its 3G service, as it tries to popularise the service based on homegrown standard TD-SCDMA.
China Mobile has become the world’s first mobile operator to pass the half a billion subscriber milestone. In a brief customer data update on its website this morning, the Chinese market-leader said it had reached 503 million customers by the end of August
Telecompaper, citing a Business Standard report, notes that a consortium led by India-based Vavasi group has sent feelers to China Mobile for a possible joint bid for Zain.
Reuters reports that China Mobile, the world’s largest operator by subscribers, will next year introduce eight OPhone smartphone models from US vendor Motorola.