Both Apple and China Mobile have put a ton of work into getting a partnership off the ground, and as of today the hard work pays off as sales of the iPhone on the worlds largest carrier finally begin. Apple CEO Tim Cook joined his counterpart from China Mobile, Xi Guohua at the carriers headquarters store in Beijing, handing out autographed iPhones in the process.
Apple's iPhone finally goes on sale on China Mobile – the worlds largest carrier – this coming Friday, and ahead of this CEO Tim Cook has joined his counterpart from Apple's latest carrier partner for a small media briefing. Pre-orders have been going extremely well, and Cook is said to be "incredible optimistic" as reports the Wall Street Journal:
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:
Now everything is out in the open, it's not that surprising that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c has been spotted on display in at least one China Mobile store, but it does make it all that little bit more real. Better yet, according to PRC, the iPhone is already starting to take over the display space:
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 iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c may have launched in China, but there's still one notable absence; a China Mobile iPhone. The worlds largest cellular carrier has long been rumored to begin carrying the iPhone, and as the Wall Street Journal reports, things may begin to progress on December 18:
China is a big deal, not just for Apple, but the most populated country on Earth also enjoys the largest mobile phone market as well. With the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Apple will for the first time have a device that is properly compatible with China Mobile, and a report out of China (translated) suggests why this is a very big deal for Apple:
Following Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent jaunt to China, the chairman of China Mobile, the world's largest carrier, has remarked they are indeed keen to carry the iPhone. But, there still remains a number of issues in the way, both commercial and technical.
As speculated just yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly held meetings with the head of the worlds largest carrier, China Mobile. China is a huge market for Apple despite declining sales, but as yet China Mobile customers do not have any direct route to the iPhone via the carrier. According to Reuters, this was definitely a matter on the table:
The relationship between China Mobile and Apple has been a strange one to watch unfold over the years. China Mobile president Li Yue recently spoke about his company's ongoing talks with Apple, which he said have been going on since 2009, and have become "more intimate" in the last year (the same talks were confirmed back in May of this year). While the technology stumbling block would...