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iPhone talks take centre stage in China

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 and Symbian form technology pact

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.

China Mobile targets cheap smartphones to boost 3G

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.

Datang intros e-book reader with China Mobile

Datang Telecom has unveiled an e-book reader called AirPaper, in partnership with China Mobile, notes Telecompaper. The reader will feature TD-SCDMA and GSM connectivity

China Mobile hits half a billion subs milestone

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

Report: Vavasi in talks with China Mobile for Zain bid

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.

Report: China Mobile to sell 8 Motorola OPhones next year

Reuters reports that China Mobile, the world’s largest operator by subscribers, will next year introduce eight OPhone smartphone models from US vendor Motorola.

Report: China Mobile preps 2010 TD-LTE trials

China Mobile – the world’s largest operator by subscribers – will begin large-scale outdoor TD-LTE trials next year, according to Marbridge Consulting.

Moto demos TD-LTE for China Mobile

Motorola has deployed a Time Division Duplex Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in the streets of Geneva to support China Mobile’s presence at the Geneva PALEXPO during ITU Telecom World 2009.