Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly met with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua on Tuesday to “discuss matters of cooperation,” according to Reuters. The meeting is thought to be a step towards the Chinese wireless carrier offering the iPhone to its customers, though no official statement was released regarding an agreement.
With over 700 million customers and the title of the largest wireless operator in the world (by subscribers), a deal to offer the iPhone would be a huge win for both the state-owned China Mobile as well as Apple. China Mobile users have notoriously shied away from 3G and higher speeds in greater numbers than its competitor’s subscribers. Whether or not the iPhone can help change that trend remains to be seen.