Apple is Granted License Allowing iPhone to Launch on China Mobile's Network

Posted September 11, 2013 at 7:03pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 5597 views

Apple has been granted the final license necessary to launch its iPhone on China Mobile's network standard, reports the WSJ.

According to the website of China's Telecom Equipment Certification Center Wednesday, Apple was given a "network access license" for a handset resembling the iPhone that runs on the mobile standards used by China Mobile for third and fourth generation cellular services. Other licenses were given to Apple for handsets running the technology used by both China Unicom and China Telecom.

The approval is a strong indicator that Apple will soon launch the iPhone on China Mobile, the world's largest cellular carrier with 700 million subscribers.

The report indicates that vendors in China usually start selling new handsets within weeks of their approval. Apple has indicated that China will be one of the first countries to get the new iPhones when they launch on September 20th but has yet to confirm China Mobile as a partner.

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'NoGoodNick - September 11, 2013 at 10:33pm
Hmmmm do you really think that was a good idea? Also 5s was designed especially for the Chinese as it was developed with the Chinesein mind. As you all know Chinese have to use it with only one hand so Apple made it narrow and long. Because one hane is always busy doing you know what. (booger trolling)
Simon - September 11, 2013 at 9:02pm
Damn! That's a lot of subscribers that apple might sell a device to. I see androids market share shrinking real fast. First ntt docomo, now china mobile.
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