Apple and China Mobile announce deal, iPhone to hit largest carrier in the world on January 17,2014

Apple and China Mobile announce deal, iPhone to hit largest carrier in the world on January 17,2014

The long rumored Apple and China Mobile deal is rumor no longer - the iPhone will be hitting the world's largest carrier starting January 17, 2014. Here are the relevant quotes from Xi Guohua, chairman of China Mobile, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple:

“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

Both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c will be available, and on both 4G and 3G.

This is the big one. Full press release below.

Source: Apple

China Mobile & Apple Bring iPhone to China Mobile’s 4G & 3G Networks on January 17, 2014

iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c Available for Pre-Registration Beginning December 25, 2013

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.

iPhone 5s redefines the best smartphone experience in the world with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable thin and light design, including the Apple-designed A7 64-bit chip, all-new 8 megapixel iSight® camera with True Tone flash and introducing Touch ID™, an innovative way to simply and securely unlock your phone with just the touch of a finger. iPhone 5c features an all new-design in five gorgeous colors and is packed with features people know and love like the beautiful 4-inch Retina® display, blazing fast performance of the A6 chip, and the 8 megapixel iSight camera—all while delivering great battery life.* iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c both offer more 4G LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world and include all-new FaceTime® HD cameras.

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c come with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, featuring a stunning new user interface, completely redesigned with an elegant color palette, distinct, functional layers and subtle motion that make it feel more alive. iOS 7 has hundreds of great new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop®, enhanced Photos, Safari® and Siri®.

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

For more information on iPhone, please visit www.apple.com/iphone.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile services provider by network scale and subscriber base, serving over 760 million customers. The Company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and was recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (“DJSI”) for six consecutive years. China Mobile has recently launched a new commercial brand “and!”, literally meaning connect, and as the acronym of a new dream. a new dream aims to bring the world’s most cutting edge technology to Chinese customers in 4G era, reflecting the friendly, intimate, mutual trust, and harmonious relationship between China Mobile and its customers and the society.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 21 comments. Add yours.

Jenna Jameson says:

Big news, and nice job with the scoop Rene - CNET has nothing to report as of yet.

Those fandroids that said it would never happen........oops!

Antron says:

Oh yea!

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Becjr says:

"Apple has enormous respect for China Mobile and we are excited to begin working together."
You don't get to play in China unless they let you. Never forget that.

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asuperstarr says:

That is awesome!

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brunetmj says:

A Finally in China takes longer than anywhere else. Way to stick with it Apple.

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luqman24 says:

Once you go Android you never go back. Just saying :P

tool022611 says:

I would disagree big time. I started with android, went to iPhone and said I would never go back. Sold my iPhone 5 for the Nexus 5 and 3 days later sold the nexus 5 for a 5s.

This is going to be huge for Apple. I bet they sell as many phones as they did on the 5s launch day right off the bat.

luqman24 says:

Lol I know im just messing around. I like iOS and all but it's the lack of customizations that keeps me away. I like what they did with iOS7 but I want a bigger screen (preferably 5-5.5") and widgets then I'll come back. But for now I'm gonna stick with Android till Apple does something about that and hopefully soon.

spencerdl says:

Hummm, does this mean it's going to take me longer to get an iPhone 6?

Becjr says:

That's what I've been sayin'.

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ccppl208 says:

Mixed feelings on this but if it helps the environment leverage why not

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ccppl208 says:

Does this mean Apple is going to have a totally different device for communications ? Happy holidays every one

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Rowanova says:

Maybe time to buy up a few shares of Apple stock? ;)

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emjayess says:

I can just see Tim Cook and the Monty Python troupe singing and dancing together at the next shareholders meeting:

********************************************************
The world today seems absolutely crackers
With nuclear bombs to blow us all sky high
There's fools and idiots sittin' on the trigger
It's depressing and it's senseless, and that's why

I like Chinese, I like Chinese
They only come up to your knees
Yet they're always friendly, and they're ready to please

I like Chinese, I like Chinese
There's nine hundred million of them in the world today
You'd better learn to like them, that's what I say

I like Chinese, I like Chinese
They come from a long way overseas
But they're cute and they're cuddly, and they're ready to please

I like Chinese food, the waiters never are rude
Think of the many things they've done to impress
There's Maoism, Taoism, I Ching, and chess

So I like Chinese, I like Chinese
I like their tiny little trees
Their Zen, their ping-pong, their yin and yang-ese

I like Chinese thought, the wisdom that Confucius taught
If Darwin is anything to shout about
The Chinese will survive us all without any doubt

So, I like Chinese, I like Chinese
They only come up to your knees
Yet they're wise and they're witty and they're ready to please
All together

Wo ai zhongguo ren, wo ai zhongguo ren
Wo ai zhongguo ren
Ni hao ma; ni hao ma; ni hao ma; zaijien

I like Chinese, I like Chinese
Their food is guaranteed to please
A fourteen, a seven, a nine and lychees

I like Chinese, I like Chinese
I like their tiny little trees
Their Zen, their ping-pong, their yin and yang-ese

I like Chinese, I like Chinese
They only come up to your knees

--Eric Idle
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;-)

zdn1042 says:

What a great way for Apple to cap off the year! Now let the battle begin. Stage - China. Apple vs competitors. Fight!
Oh and I almost forgot, Apple is doomed!

whiffme says:

M m. M. Mm

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applebuzzer says:

Mixed feelings on this but if it helps the environment leverage why not

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Andrea May says:

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