False Alarm: China Mobile Hasn’t Reached a Deal With Apple Yet
According to a report from CNN’s tech blog, China’s biggest wireless carrier, China Mobile (NYSE:CHL), may be experimenting with the introduction of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone on its network using a subsidiary in the Chinese city of Suzhou.
CNN captured a screen shot of the subsidiary’s website that went live on Monday night local time, advertising both the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S and taking preorders for the devices. The site was taken down by Tuesday night local time.
A spokesperson from China Mobile said that the company has not yet reached a deal with Apple, and CNN acknowledged that the site could have been “a hoax.” China Mobile is the country’s largest wireless carrier with 740 million subscribers. China Mobile and Apple have been trying to reach a deal for six years, CNN reports.
Talks about the upcoming 4G network in China have spurred rumors about the possibility of China Mobile reaching a deal with Apple soon.