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This article was published on January 15, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook is ‘incredibly optimistic’ about China Mobile deal, hints at deeper cooperation

Apple CEO Tim Cook is ‘incredibly optimistic’ about China Mobile deal, hints at deeper cooperation Image by: Lintao Zhang
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

Apple ChinaApple CEO Tim Cook says he is “incredibly optimistic” about the recent deal the company struck with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network with more than 740 million subscribers, and hinted at a deeper collaboration, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Apple announced in December that the iPhone 5s and 5c will land on China Mobile this month, with the devices available both in China Mobile stores and Apple’s own Chinese stores from January 17. Cook tells the WSJ that this is only a “beginning” and he thinks “there are lots more things our companies can do together in the future.”

China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua told the WSJ that “multi-millions” of iPhones have been ordered by its customers, as Cook notes that “China Mobile already has a reach to many cities that Apple does not have a reach to” and when the iPhones are rolled out this Friday, they will be sold in more than 3,000 additional locations.

Apple’s China Mobile Deal to Extend Beyond Handsets [Wall Street Journal]

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