Apple Drops China Mobile Hints in New Job Listing
A recent job posting on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) China website may be the latest sign that the iPhone maker is on the verge of announcing a distribution deal with China Mobile (NYSE:CHL), reports Bloomberg. According to the job description, Apple is seeking a manager who has experience with the TD-SCDMA network. The TD-SCDMA network is a 3G standard that is only used by China Mobile in the country.
“This role will be responsible for the overall management of the technical interface to all carriers in the Greater China region. This includes obtaining approvals for all Apple hardware and software, supporting carriers with new technology trials, managing carrier reported technical issues, tracking carrier road maps, and supporting senior level engineering meetings,” said Apple in the job description via Bloomberg.
Besides the China Mobile-exclusive job listing, Bloomberg also cited an unnamed source that reported Apple will soon be shipping iPhones to the carrier. This rumor is in-line with a recent note from Wedge Partners analyst Jun Zhang who predicted that China Mobile would offer the new iPhones as early as next month.
China Mobile is the country’s largest carrier with over 750 million subscribers, but it does not currently have a distribution deal with the Cupertino-based iPhone maker. However, Apple does have distribution deals with China’s two other major carriers, China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) and China Telecom (NYSE:CHA).
Rumors of an impending deal with China Mobile have recently gained traction thanks to several leaked images of advertising materials that appear to show China Mobile versions of Apple’s new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C devices. China has become an increasingly important market for Apple and was even included in this year’s iPhone launch weekend for the first time. A distribution deal with China Mobile is widely viewed as an essential next step for Apple’s expansion in this lucrative emerging market.
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