On December 6 we have heard about rumors of Apple striking a deal with the world’s largest mobile operator, by users, China Mobile. Now Apple confirms the information via a press release, telling the world that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available on the Chinese carrier starting January 17, 2014.
The deal is a “multi-year agreement” and the phones will be available both in operator retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China.
“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. 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 Tim Cook, Apple CEO.