With China Unicom holding an exclusivity contract with Apple until some time this year, there has been much speculation about whether China Telecom will become the second major iPhone carrier in China once the dust settles. It doesn’t help that China Telecom chairman Wang Xiaochu dropped the beans that they’ve been in touch with Apple about a potential deal.
Ladies and gentleman, start stoking those rumor fires.
China Telecom is based on a CDMA network, so the company would be required to use CDMA iPhones. But, there have also been some pretty extensive rumors that suggest that the new iPhone will be a “world phone” capable of both CDMA and GSM in the same device. If that’s the case, the network won’t matter.
Apple’s pretty bullish on China, and with 38 million potential customers on China Telecom, there’s no doubt Apple would be negotiating with them to get a deal done. Also, don’t forget that China Mobile has 886 million subscribers as well. Landing all three of these carriers in China would be a huge coup for Apple, should they actually be able to make it happen in the near future.