China's third largest wireless carrier China Telecom is rumoured to have held talks with Apple to offer its iPhone smartphone in the country.
According to analysts at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong, the company may have held talks with Apple to develop an iPhone version based on China Telcom's code-division-multiple-access (CDMA) network, news agency Bloomberg reports.
The move will end China Unicom's stint as the only provider of the popular iPhone in the country.
The device, which has been launched a second time in the country, has taken the market by storm, with China Unicom reporting a rapidly depleting iPhone stock last week.
The prediction comes after a Wall Street Journal report that Apple is indeed planning to offer a CDMA version of the iPhone on Verizon Wireless's network in the US, ending its exclusivity partnership with AT&T.
Apple has placed orders for millions of CDMA iPhones with its Taiwanese hardware partners to be delivered by the end of 2010, with a Verizon iPhone being launched early next year.