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China Mobile to Collaborate with Apple to Design iPhone Devices Compatible with 4G TD-LTE Products

Apple is currently developing a 4G compatible iPhone device for Chinese markets.

According to an article (opens in new tab) on Bloomberg, China Mobile is planning to work with Apple to launch iPhone devices compatible with its 4G TD-LTE products.

China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou said in a recent interview that the company was looking for a ‘close collaboration’ with Apple in launching 4G iPhone devices in the world’s largest mobile phone market.

“China Mobile and Apple hope to find a solution for close collaboration. We discussed this issue with Apple. We hope Apple will produce a new iPhone with TD-LTE. We have already got a positive answer from Apple,” Wang said.

China Mobile, which will roll out its 4G TD-LTE network next year, plans to take on rival China Unicom to sign-up more customers for its 3G and 4G services. Unicom is the only mobile phone carrier in China that currently offers the iPhone 4.

Despite Unicom being the only provider of iPhone in the country, China Mobile claims that it has 8.5 million iPhone users on its second generation or 2G network.