China Mobile signs a deal with Apple to offer iPhones to its subscribers

China Mobile and Apple have entered into a partnership to offer the iPhone to telecom giant’s 740 Mn subscribers. Apple has a deal with almost all the major carriers in the world, and this is the first time it has done so with China Mobile. The news was first reported by WSJ.

Just yesterday China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had issued 4G licenses to China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Only a few models of iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S support TD-LTE 4G technology and till date they were being sold in Hong Kong only. But now with this partnership Apple will start offering the same in China as well.

Apple already has 42 Mn iPhone users in China, by now tying up with of the major carriers in the country, it aims to further expand its user base in the world’s most populous country. It hadn’t made this move earlier because it was unable to support the China Mobile’s unique TD-SCDMA 3G network.

In India Airtel, Aircel and Reliance communications are currently offering iPhone 5S and 5C with various tariff plans. The roll out of iPhones by China mobile is expected to start later this month.

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