China Mobile to Officially Begin iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Sales on January 17

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Apple and China Mobile have officially announced today that the iPhone 5s and 5c will be available at the carrier's stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China beginning January 17, 2014, with pre-registration for both devices beginning on December 25, 2013.

"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."
China Mobile is currently the world's largest carrier with over 760 million subscribers and is expected to bring many new customers to Apple, significantly increasing the company's presence in China. Multiple signs of an approaching deal between the two companies have popped up during the final months of 2013, with Apple receiving licensing needed to operate on China Mobile's TD-LTE standard in September and releasing the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c with TD-LTE support.

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proline

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Pretty hard to call this anything but good news for Apple, but hey, this is MacRumors. Haters, what do you have for us?
 

Rogifan

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I expect a healthy 3% jump in Apple's stock tomorrow.
What should happen and what will happen are two different things. AAPL should be way up tomorrow but knowing Wall Street they'll find something negative about it to keep the stock down.
 

Roller

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What should happen and what will happen are two different things. AAPL should be way up tomorrow but knowing Wall Street they'll find something negative about it to keep the stock down.
I'd love for AAPL to go up, but I suspect that this deal, which was widely assumed to be a matter of time, has already been built into the stock price.
 

Geoadm

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Just in time

I hope devs aren't hoping to cash in on this. Comes just in time for the iOS 7 jailbreak to be released with the Chinese pirated app store preinstalled :mad:
 

alphaod

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Excellent. Hopefully I get an carrier bundle update to enable the LTE switch on my iPhone!
 

Rogifan

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I'd love for AAPL to go up, but I suspect that this deal, which was widely assumed to be a matter of time, has already been built into the stock price.
Except that last week when Reuters quoted someone from China Mobile denying the story the stock droppd 2%. You'd think it should at least get that back. If BlackBerry can climb 15% on the day it reports a $4B loss Apple should be up on this news. But Wall Street seems to be quite irrational when it comes to Apple.
 

V.K.

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subsidies?

anybody here from China? does China Mobile say anything about iphone subsidies? if they offer any at all it can make a big difference in terms of sales numbers.
 

herbapou

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I'd love for AAPL to go up, but I suspect that this deal, which was widely assumed to be a matter of time, has already been built into the stock price.
i was price in at $570, News didn't came out on the 18th, lost $20. So I think we get back that $20 and another $10 to close at $580.
 

SactoGuy18

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This is HUGE for Apple because it could add (in my humble opinion!) 35-40 million more iPhones sold worldwide in the 2014 calendar year just from China Mobile sales.

Up till now, the big holdup was the fact China Mobile uses TD-SCDMA 3G network (which is unique to China) and TD-LTE 4G network (which is only used in China and now India). Previous model iPhones did not support these standards, and it appears the iPhone 5C and 5S uses a Qualcomm cellphone radio chip that includes TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE compatible "out of the box," but not revealed until now.

This now opens the possibility Apple may some time in the April or May 2014 start selling the iPad Air and 2G iPad mini with TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE cellphone connectivity, too.
 

KPOM

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I'd love for AAPL to go up, but I suspect that this deal, which was widely assumed to be a matter of time, has already been built into the stock price.
Not necessarily. Remember, the stock lost about 2% on Thursday when China Mobile issued a denial that a deal had been signed. My guess is that it recovers that much (plus or minus whatever the rest of the market does tomorrow). FD - I'm long AAPL.
 
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