Apple and China’s largest mobile network are in talks about bringing the iPhone to its customers, as the tech giant increasingly targets the world’s fastest-growing market.
China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua revealed that negotiations were ongoing at a shareholders meeting this week.
He said: "We've been actively talking to Apple on how we can cooperate."
Pressed for more information after the meeting, he added: “I can't give you too many details, but I'd like to repeat that both sides do hope to boost our cooperation.”
The iPhone has been available in China since 2009 when it landed on rival carrier China Telecom.
Apple Chief Executive Office Tim Cook visited China Mobile’s Beijing nerve centre in March, presumably to clear the ground for the current round of talks.
China Mobile’s customer base comes in at a whopping 667 million and is considered integral to boosting take-up of iPhones in the nascent market.
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