Apple And China Mobile Ink Long-Awaited Deal

by Istvan Fekete on December 23, 2013

After years of discussions, and back and forth, Apple has signed the long-awaited deal with the world’s largest wireless carrier, China Mobile. The deal could add billions of dollars to the Cupertino-based company’s revenue.

Apple announced that its recently released smartphones, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, will be available to China Mobile customers starting January 17. While we know how much Apple charges for unlocked iPhones, this time the subsidized pricing will be disclosed at a later date, according to Apple’s statement.

China Mobile is the world’s largest carrier, with more than 750 million customers, who will be able to pre-order iPhones on the first day of Christmas, or December 25, the company said on its account on the Weibo microblogging platform.

“Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world. We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile’s leading network. We are delighted that iPhone on China Mobile will support our 4G/TD-LTE and 3G/TD-SCDMA networks, providing customers with high-speed mobile service,” said Xi Guohua, China Mobile Chairman.

“Apple has enormous respect for China Mobile and we are excited to begin working together. China is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents us the opportunity to bring iPhone to the customers of the world’s largest network,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. “iPhone customers in China are an enthusiastic and rapidly growing group, and we can’t think of a better way to welcome in the Chinese New Year than getting an iPhone into the hands of every China Mobile customer who wants one.”

The world’s No. 1 carrier introduced its 4G LTE service on December 18, 2013, and now has between 1 and 2 million 2G/GSM, 3G/TD-SCDMA, 4G/TD-LTE base stations and more than 4.2 million WiFi access points providing broad coverage to quality networks for iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s customers.

By the end of the year, China Mobile switch on its 4G network in 16 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzen. By the end of next year, the world’s biggest carrier will have more than half a million 4G base stations, covering 340 cities with the 4G service.

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