Just last week, a leaked poster ad for China Mobile showed 3G versions of the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c. And in perhaps the strongest proof that the 750 million customers on China Mobile will soon have the option of purchasing the iPhone, screenshots showing the Apple iPhone 5s being tested on China Mobile's 4G LTE network were leaked. The Apple iPhone 5s supporting China-Mobile's TD-LTE network, has allegedly passed through China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The MIIT is similar to the U.S. FCC.
But as we told you last month, while the phone might have receive approval from Chinese regulators, China Mobile is still awaiting approval to turn on the switch to its 4G LTE service. Despite no official word that the carrier has received the green light, published reports say that China Mobile has started taking pre-orders for LTE service. Additionally, another published report shows screenshots of the 4G LTE services being offered by the Guangdong provincial affiliate of China Mobile. It all adds up to a launch soon of the Apple iPhone on the world's largest carrier. This is such a huge deal for both sides that we would expect a media event to take place when this becomes official.
The Apple iPhone is being tested for China Mobile
1. Screenshots from a test of China Mobile's 4G-LTE network on the Apple iPhone 5s
2. Leaked information about pricing for China Mobile's 4G network
source: CTechCn.com (translated) Cellular-News, TechinAsia via UnwiredView