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.