According to Tim Cook there is good reason to feel excited about the possibilities offered by Apple’s deal with China Mobile.
Cook — who is currently in Beijing ahead of the iPhone going on sale on the China Mobile network this Friday — said he is “incredibly optimistic” about Apple’s partnership with the world’s largest mobile carrier.
“This is a watershed moment,” he noted, describing China Mobile as a great cellphone firm with a “very fast network.”
While exact figures have yet to be released, China Mobile claims to have received 1.2 million iPhone pre-orders since December 25 — a figure that breaks down as 60,000 per day.
“As of this weekend we will be selling iPhones in more than 3,000 additional locations,” Cook also said, elaborating that “China Mobile already has a reach to many cities that Apple does not have a reach to.”
China Mobile CEO Xi Guohua was additionally quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying that the deal between Apple and China Mobile will not be limited to handsets, but will involve broader co-operation between the two companies.
“We’ve gotten to know each other,” Tim Cook said. “Today is a beginning, and I think there are lots more things our companies can do together in the future.”