It finally happend. The Apple China Mobile deal, which has been in discussion for years now, has been finally sealed. Apple has just announced it has reached an agreement with the world’s largest mobile carrier, China Mobile, that will make the arrival of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in mainland China happen on January 17, 2014. Although pricing has not yet been announced, China Mobile will start accepting pre-registrations 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-spee d mobile service,” said Guohua.
For Apple’s part, CEO Tim Cook said Apple considers China as an extremely important market. “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,” said Cook.
Of course, this deal could be a huge sales boost for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. A couple of months since their release, it seems Apple is struggling to sell as many units as they have with previous iPhone models. We’ll see whether this Apple China Mobile deal will help Apple stock up on the sales number for the new iPhones.