Chairman Wang Jianzhou told the site that Apple has promised to make an iPhone compatible with China Mobile's TD-LTE standard when its next-generation model comes out but could not say when that would happen.
"We have not yet got agreement with Apple," Wang said on the fringes of the ITU World telecoms fair in Geneva. "Apple promised to provide, when they develop the iPhone for LTE, that it will include TD-LTE. We are discussing the details."
China Mobile currently has more than 630 million customers. "The total number of iPhones in China Mobile's network has reached 10 million -- and we didn't pay any subsidies," Jianzhou revealed.