If you’re wondering what China Mobile is and why it’s brought up so frequently, let me break it down for you. The Asian operator is the largest wireless provider on the planet, with more than 600 million subscribers. And they don’t carry the iPhone… yet.

The potential of 600 million new iPhone prospects has investors and tech pundits foaming at the mouth, and it has led to countless rumors regarding the partnership. That said, the latest gossip claims that Steve Jobs himself has been heavily involved in the ongoing dealings…

Reuters reported this morning that China Mobile has been in talks with the CEO to bring the iPhone to their massive network. Apparently, executives made the comment during a news conference today as they discussed their first-half earnings.

While rumors about a China Mobile-Apple partnership have been flying for months, the fact that Jobs himself has been involved certainly adds sugar to the grapefruit. Was this that big of a deal that the CEO, who’s been on medical leave for 9 months, had to step up? Interesting.

What’s your take on the China Mobile deal?

[9to5Mac]