China Mobile iPhone deal looks on as first reservation pages go live

A deal for China Mobile to sell the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c has looked pretty much a certainty for a while now, and it seems that reservations are already being taken. Philip Elmer-Dewitt first reported on it for Fortune:

The attached screen grab comes from a website owned by a subsidiary of China Mobile Limited (CHL) in Suzhou, a city of 5 million just west of Shanghai. The site went live late Monday local time, when it began taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

While there still remains no official announcement from either Apple or from China Mobile, this is the first hard evidence that a deal between the two has in fact been agreed. China Mobile is the worlds largest carrier with 740 million subscribers, and would be another box ticked in Apple's iPhone portfolio.

China Mobile is announcing something on December 18, a new brand for its mobile services. Nothing ties an iPhone announcement to this, but it seems things in China might be progressing.

Source: Fortune

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zdn1042 says:

And then, there was China. Apple's conquest for world domination is getting closer and closer to fruition. Haha, kidding aside, I'm happy for Apple with how things are working out for them.

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Becjr says:

I'm sure Apple is pleased to be entering their products into a new (for them) market. Apple seems to have a tough time satisfying demand for iOS devices as it is I can only imagine how trying to fill demand for iPhones in such a large market will impact supply.
On the up side, Apple should save on shipping!
:P

applelex says:

Apple probably very exited to make this deal with them being that they have 740 million subscribers to there network. Apple would've been foolish not to, I don't see why they didn't do so earilier

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Richard Devine says:

China Mobile's network runs on a very specific type of technology, and while it's the largest carrier it's by no means the best. Recent advances at their end are likely as big a part of any deal as Apple pushing for it.

lfeuln says:

The number of new iPhone customers this will bring should be staggering. Will definitely be interesting to see just how large sales go and the level of pent-up demand. Not surprised if Verizon's customer base is peanuts in comparison...

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