Sina Technology sat down with Tim Cook while he was in China and talked about Apple’s growing presence in the Asian country.
Not surprisingly, Cook fielded a question about China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier and the only major Chinese carrier to not sell the iPhone. Cook confirmed he met with China Mobile in the last few days, but was not at liberty to discuss what was said between the two companies.
With over 700 million subscribers and a network that covers more than 97% of the Chinese population, China Mobile is the holy grail for handset manufacturers. Unfortunately, the 3G technology it uses is not compatible with older models of the iPhone. If China Mobile does get the iPhone 5, it will likely run on China Mobile’s growing 4G LTE network.