Apple Strikes Deal With China Mobile to Bring iPhone to Carrier January 17

Apple Strikes Deal With China Mobile to Bring iPhone to Carrier January 17

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Apple and China Mobile have made their partnership official today, announcing a deal late Sunday Night that will bring the iPhone to the largest carrier in the world. Sales officially begin January 17, 2014. The iPhone market share has been on the rise in the area already, thanks to rumors of a deal being struck.

You can "pre-register" for the device starting Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Apple released a press release to announce the deal, as follows:

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BEIJING and CUPERTINO, California—December 22, 2013—Apple® and China Mobile today announced they have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring iPhone® to the world's largest mobile network. As part of the agreement, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available from China Mobile's expansive network of retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China beginning on Friday, January 17, 2014. iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world and iPhone 5c, the most colorful iPhone yet, will be available for pre-registration from China Mobile's official website (www.10086.cn) and customer service hotline "10086" beginning on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.

“Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world. We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile’s leading network. We are delighted that iPhone on China Mobile will support our 4G/TD-LTE and 3G/TD-SCDMA networks, providing customers with high-speed mobile service,” said Xi Guohua, China Mobile Chairman.

“Apple has enormous respect for China Mobile and we are excited to begin working together. China is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents us the opportunity to bring iPhone to the customers of the world's largest network,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. “iPhone customers in China are an enthusiastic and rapidly growing group, and we can’t think of a better way to welcome in the Chinese New Year than getting an iPhone into the hands of every China Mobile customer who wants one.”

China Mobile now has over 1.2 million 2G/GSM, 3G/TD-SCDMA, 4G/TD-LTE base stations and over 4.2 million Wi-Fi access points, providing broad coverage to quality networks for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c customers. China Mobile is rolling out the world’s largest 4G network. By the end of 2013, China Mobile’s 4G services will be available in 16 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. By the end of 2014, China Mobile plans to complete the rollout of more than 500,000 4G base stations, which will cover more than 340 cities with 4G service. The collaboration between Apple and China Mobile will give a big boost to the development of China's homegrown 4G/TD-LTE technology. iPhone on China Mobile supports major cellular network standards, making a global phone a reality for China Mobile customers.

Details of pricing and availability of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for China Mobile will be available at a later date.

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Apple Strikes Deal With China Mobile to Bring iPhone to Carrier January 17
RayBob - December 23, 2013 at 3:52pm
Okay, now we are getting the full picture... This jailbreak has been ready for a while now... Key players were just making their own deals in the background knowing what was about to happen...
Steve In Heaven - December 22, 2013 at 11:52pm
"Apple is loved by millions of costumers around the world" and there will be more once the u.s. versions will be in china b/c china iphones are working like 3gs like the 4s/5/5s is doing that.
Jedediah Johnson - December 22, 2013 at 11:51pm
Is it a coincidence that the jailbreak was released the same day and had support for a Chinese AppStore? Think of all the money they'll make now. Paying a million dollars to evasion is penny's to what they'll make now that this is official. Especially if there's pirated apps in their store. Seems fishy to me.
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