SAN FRANCISCO - In another step in the worldwide march of Apple’s iPhone, the top mobile phone operator in Latin America said Wednesday that it has reached a deal to bring the multimedia gadget to more than a dozen countries starting later this year.
America Movil SAB, controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, said it plans to bring the iPhone to all of its Latin American operations but didn’t offer more details about the arrangement, including whether it would be the exclusive iPhone provider in the targeted countries.
Apple has so far struck exclusive deals for the iPhone with AT&T Inc. in the United States, O2 in Britain, T-Mobile in Germany and France Telecom’s Orange wireless arm in France.
The company plans further expansion later this year through the partnership with Mexico City-based America Movil, which boasts 159.2 million subscribers in 16 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.
A spokeswoman for America Movil said the company had no further comment.