Just about any way you slice it, 763 million customers is a huge potential pie.
On Sunday, Apple and China Mobile announced a deal to bring the iPhone to the Chinese carrier, the largest wireless network in the world.
An agreement with China Mobile could, at least initially, give Apple Inc. a big lift into the vast Chinese market, analysts say, increasing its worldwide sales. But the company will face many challenges in capturing the Chinese market.
While Apple’s smartphones are dominant in the United States and a major player in Europe, the company has struggled to gain much traction in China, where phones using Google’s Android operating system dominate for several reasons, particularly price. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.