updated 05:40 pm EDT, Thu May 27, 2010
Device would require EVDO connectivity
China Telecom is reportedly reconsidering its previous stance regarding Apple products, as CEO Wang Xiaochu suggests the company is evaluating the market response for Apple's iPad before moving forward with formal talks, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
“If there’s demand from customers, we welcome any creative new device," said Wang. "Our focus is to bring convenience and enjoyment to our customers. Since iPad has just been launched, it takes time for us to evaluate the product."
The company initially showed little interest in Apple devices, arguing that the iPhone was a high-price item and difficult to secure with distribution rights amid formidable competition with other carriers. It is still unclear, however, if China Telecom is reconsidering its dismissal of the iPhone as it eyes Apple's new tablet.
Apple teamed with carrier China Unicom for iPhone distribution in the local market. An iPhone or 3G-enabled iPad would have to be equipped with CDMA and EVDO components to be compatible with China Telecom's network. Various rumors suggest Apple is considering an iPhone for CDMA carriers, such as Verizon in the US market, although the company has yet to confirm such plans.