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

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.

Do you think the iPhone will be a hit with China Mobile customers? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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not really people who in some weird way feel elitish will buy an i phone other than that people who will buy a high end smart phone would be most likely up grading from there androids and will not want a feature lacking (sd card,bluetooth file transfer(without jailbreaking)) phone apple market share will continue to shrink due to lack of basic functions its windows vs mac all over again but this time apple stuborness over less for more will bite it

Do I think the iPhone will be a hit with China Mobile customers? Absolutely!

Why do ppl buy brand name clothes? Same goes with cellphones.

I don't think iPhones will be that big a hit in China as it did in the US mainly because of the price. I expect a respectable amount of sales but it will pretty much still be an Android dominated market. Still with every iPhone sold, that's one more user using Apple's services and one less sale from the android competitors so it's still a good scenario for Apple.

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I'm gonna assume that if they have 700 million customers in what i think is the second largest economy in the world the phones will sell just fine. It doesn't have to sell the most to be a very very successful business venture.

i'm not a research analyst so i don't know. it doesn't matter. They could get a fraction and still have a bigger market than most countries. And selling phones is profitable so whether they sell 1 or 700 million it's all profit. Plus go to any market in the world and all consumers don't have smartphones. You want to be in China as it grows.

Now citizens in China can use emoticons to show shock and dismay at the government coming to enforce child limits or bust up a peaceful protest! On the other hand, these people wouldn't ever get to have an iPhone if not for this deal. I'm guessing they feel like this is a nice consolation prize to actual freedom.

Apple fan but not particularly a China fan.