Apple Inc. (AAPL) is still in talks with China Mobile about a deal that could merge the two mobile industry powerhouses. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile phone carrier and a deal with Apple Inc. will bring iPhones to customers in China.
According to Reuters Wednesday (Dec. 18), Apple and China Mobile are still in talks about a deal that would be the Cupertino, Calif. based company’s second largest market outside of the United States. At a conference in Guangzhou, China Wednesday, China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua said that there is no announcement to make yet regarding the deal. An earlier report from the Wall Street Journal anticipated an announcement to take place “around December 18”. China Mobile spokesperson Ge Qi later confirmed Wednesday Xi’s comment that the deal is still pending as talks continue.
As the New York Times reports, Apple’s collaboration with China Mobile is potentially worth billions of dollars in revenue and would bring iPhones to approximately 759 million new China Mobile customers. Apple would boost its projected revenue growth and possibly generate up to $3 billion to kick off the 2014 fiscal year.
The new deal would mean more choices for customers as iPhone availability would expand beyond smaller competing Chinese mobile carriers, China Telecom and China Unicom. The union with China Mobile would help Apple level the playing field globally with its main mobile competitor, South Korean based electronics giant, Samsung.