Apple iPhone Ready for Asian Explosion

Details are sketchy, but a new report says SK Telecom, the telco giant in South Korea, has struck a deal to carry a CDMA version of the iPhone 4, as early as next month. Reuters says rumors have been confirmed by the carrier, but no exact date has been mentioned just yet.

The iPhone has only previously been available in that country from KT Corp, a smaller telco. SK Telecom has about half of the mobile market share in South Korea.

Another report indicates that a CDMA iPhone could be headed to China Telecom in June. Chinese news agency Xinua says some technical difficulties have kept it from launching earlier on Chinas third-largest network, which serves approximately 90 million subscribers. The iPhone is already available to customers on Chinas second-largest network, China Unicom, which has about 170 million subscribers.

China Mobile which does not carry the iPhone is the countrys largest provider, with more than double the number of customers as China Unicom and China Telecom combined. China Mobiles CEO recently speculated that his company will get the iPhone 5 this summer, but Apple has not confirmed anything. The two reportedly have had hang-ups over technology compatibility, revenue sharing and more in off-and-on talks over the past couple of years.

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