According to China Mobile, it added close to 1.34 million 4G subscribers last month and most of them were iPhone subscribers. While initially it wasn’t clear as to how many of these were actually iPhone sales, the General Manager of the company Li Yue shortly confirmed this.
The secret gateway to a brighter future for tech players in the so-called post-PC era undoubtedly lies in emerging mobile markets, as it’s pretty obvious the US and developed European countries have nearly reached the point of saturation.
China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with over 700 million subscribers, finally started selling Apple’s iPhone earlier today.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was in China for the launch event, and apparently handed out autographed iPhones to China Mobile customers along with China Mobile’s Chairman Xi Guohua.
Apple CEO Tim Cook today made a rare TV appearance with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua in Beijing to about the recent deal between the two companies that’ll bring the iPhone to the world’s largest carrier.
China Mobile and Apple announced today that the Chinese carrier will start selling the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on January 17, 2014. The carrier will start accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5s via the carrier’s official website (www.10086.cn) and its customer service hotline “10086” beginning on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. This is a multi-year agreement that will likely include future versions of the iPhone.
Earlier this month, the WSJ claimed that Apple and China Mobile had inked a deal that would bring the iPhone to the world’s largest carrier. This report was quietly refuted by a China Mobile representative, who said talks were still ongoing. Another report today from Reuters confirmed there is still no new announcement to make.
China Mobile scores 130 MHz of 4G LTE spectrum, makes December 18th iPhone 5s/5c launch seem that much more certain
China’s Radio Regulation Bureau, the people who dole out spectrum to the country’s operators, has recently announced that China Mobile will get 130 MHz of spectrum, whereas China Telecom and China Unicom will both get 40 MHz. During China Mobile’s Global Partners Conference, which kicks off on December 17th, it’s said that the world’s largest operator will finally announce that they’re going to start selling the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
China Mobile has announced that it will be introducing a new brand for mobile services on December 18th, which has sparked off speculations that the world’s largest carrier will finally start offering Apple’s iPhone.