Taiwan's Chunghwa in talks to sell Apple iPhones

TAIPEI Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:25am EST

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TAIPEI Nov 14 (Reuters) - Chunghwa Telecom (2412.TW) said on Wednesday it was in talks to sell Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhones for its mobile service, the largest in Taiwan, but added that no details had yet been agreed.

"We are in talks, but nothing has been finalised," said Chunghwa Telecom vice president Shih Mu-piao at a media event.

Shih said that in Asia, customers were still looking to purchase third generation (3G) smartphones, and that it could still take some time for Apple to roll out a phone that would be compatible in different countries in the region.

"I am sure they (Apple) will start out with the larger markets, like China, first," said Shih, who declined to give a timeline for introducing the iPhone to Taiwan.

Shares in Apple surged 10 percent on Tuesday after China Mobile Ltd (0941.HK) said it was in talks about a possible tie-up to take the iPhone to China. China Mobile stock also jumped 9 percent on Wednesday.

But telecom executives in China said on Wednesday it was unlikely that Apple's iPhone would hit the country's shelves anytime soon because of technical and fee issues. (Click [ID:nHKG113182] for story). (Reporting by Sheena Lee, editing by Dominic Whiting)

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