We learned during yesterday's iPhone event at Apple HQ that for the first time the new iPhone would be landing in China on launch day. Apple has thrown a separate event in Beijing this morning to officially launch the iPhone 5s and 5c there, and according to the Wall Street Journal, regulators have signed off on a licence to run the iPhone on China Mobile:
A Chinese regulator has given the final license necessary for Apple Inc.'s iPhone to run on China Mobile Ltd.'s mobile network, another indication China's largest carrier will soon be releasing an iPhone for the first time.
The regulator also announced licenses for the iPhone on technology supported by China's other two major carriers, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. and China Telecom Corp., marking the first time in China that all three major carriers will be able to offer the iPhone on their disparate networks.
This is huge news, since China Mobile is the largest carrier in the world, and China also represents the largest mobile market, too. China Mobile has been so far unable to sell the iPhone due to their network infrastructure being incompatible, but those difficulties appear to have been overcome. Apple will begin selling the iPhone 5s and 5c in China on September 20, as with the other launch markets, but it may be little longer than that for the carriers to begin offering it directly.