Exclusive agreements to sell Apple’s popular iPhone are being threatened as more carriers push to get a similar deal. China Telecom is the latest name mentioned to join Apple’s current exclusive carrier, China Unicom.
A Deutsche Bank analyst claimed China Unicom’s exclusive iPhone arrangement could "likely come to an end early next year."
Although China Telecom execs did not confirm the rumor, the same analyst said "our own channel checks suggest that the company has been in intensive talks with chipset supplier Qualcomm and Apple."
JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz forecast "the introduction of a CDMA iPhone first with Verizon in early 2011 and then China Telecom in early to mid-2011."
Cult of Mac reports that Apple’s original iPhone partner, China Unicom, is having great success with the recently-released iPhone 4. At one point, the carrier reported selling 100,000 units in four days.
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