Apple reportedly signs deal with China Mobile, iPhone to launch on carrier later this month

Apple has reportedly signed a deal for China Mobile, the world's largest carrier, to start selling the iPhone later in December. China Mobile's rival carriers, China Telecom and China Unicom, have been selling the iPhone for years already. The rollout is expected to coincide with the launch of China Mobile's 4G network on December 18, according to the Wall Street Journal:

At the Dec. 18 event, China Mobile plans to unveil a brand for its fourth-generation, or 4G, network. China Mobile executives have said they would only begin to sell the iPhone after introducing 4G services. China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said Wednesday it gave licenses to China Mobile and its smaller rivals to operate the higher-speed mobile networks, clearing one of the last hurdles.

The deal doesn't exactly come as a shock. It was reported yesterday that one of China Mobile's subsidiaries had posted a webpage to take reservations for the imminent arrival of the iPhone 5s and 5c. Additionally, rumors of talks between Apple and China Mobile have been swirling for a while now. This deal will put Apple's flagship device in front of a potential 700 million customers.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

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