China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier by subscribers, now has 10 million iPhone users on its network, despite not offering the device, according to a Reuters report. Speaking at the ITU World telecoms fair in Geneva, China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou said, “The total number of iPhones in China Mobile’s network has reached 10 million—and we didn’t pay any subsidies.” He went on to say that Apple “promised to provide, when they develop the iPhone for LTE, that it will include TD-LTE,” China Mobile’s next-generation network technology. Wang added that the companies are “discussing the details,” although no agreement has yet been reached. China Mobile had more than 630 million customers at the end of September.
Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.