AFP reports today that China Mobile, the world’s biggest cell phone operator, has said that it is interested in selling the iPad, and has also confirmed that it is still involved in talks with Apple about selling the iPhone.
“China Mobile has been in constant talks with Apple over cooperation issues,” Rainie Lei, a China Mobile spokesman, told AFP, adding, “China Mobile has expressed an interest in iPad.”
According to the AFP report, China Mobile is developing an e-books division and is interested in using the iPad as a means of delivering e-text to Chinese customers.
As AFP notes, China has 776.9 million mobile subscribers as of the end of March, the largest number for any country across the globe, so it’s no surprise that Apple wants to get itself a slice of that particular pie! China was relatively slow in introducing the iPhone, with China Mobile’s competitor China Unicom launching it over two years after the US launch, so doubtless Chinese Apple fans are hoping it won’t take quite as long to get the iPad released officially over there.
By Maura Sutton, iPadForums.net