China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS COMPANIES -

The long-awaited deal be­tween Ap­ple Inc and China Mo­bile Ltd might be an­nounced soon, af­ter China Mo­bile’s Chair­man Xi Guo­hua said that both sides have shown “a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude” in the on­go­ing talks to launch an iPhone that can run on China Mo­bile’s net­work.

Xi de­clined to pro­vide de­tails be­cause noth­ing has been fi­nal­ized, but said he is op­ti­mistic and will make a pub­lic an­nounce­ment once a deal is reached.

China Mo­bile has failed to reach a deal with Ap­ple partly be­cause the US com­pany re­fused to re­design its iPhone so that it can work on China Mo­bile’s self-de­vel­oped TD-SCDMA 3G net­works.

Ap­ple is ex­pected to un­veil a new ver­sion of the iPhone next month and may also re­lease a cheaper smart­phone tar­geted at emerg­ing mar­kets.

The new smart­phones are widely ex­pected to use Qual­comm Inc’s chips, which are com­pat­i­ble with China Mo­bile’s net­work.

China Mo­bile, which had 740.1 mil­lion users by the end of June, is ex­pected to see a boost for its data ser­vices if it can of­fer an Ap­ple smart­phone tar­get­ing mid-mar­ket cus­tomers.

A deal with China Mo­bile would also help Ap­ple to re­gain some of the mar­ket share that it lost to Samsung Elec­tron­ics Co in China.

Strat­egy An­a­lyt­ics said that Samsung sold 15.3 mil­lion smart­phones in China in the April-June pe­riod, grab­bing a mar­ket share of 19.4 per­cent, up 0.9 per­cent­age point from the pre­vi­ous quar­ter, Yon­hap News re­ported.

Ap­ple just sold 3.4 mil­lion units, ac­count­ing for 4.3 per­cent of the mar­ket.

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