At last, China Mobile snags the Apple iPhone; starts reservation system in small Chinese town
The website adds that those who make a reservation will have priority when the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c are ready to be ordered, although no date was mentioned as to when that will occur. An earlier report from state-run Xinhua News Agency gave December 18th as a possible launch date for the models. That is the date when China Mobile is expected to turn on its 4G LTE pipeline. The carrier has already received approval for its 4G network and has been waiting on the government to give it a specific launch date. Back in September, the iPhone 5s reportedly had received MIIT certification. That agency is China's equivalent to the FCC.
While the iPhone is already available for China Telecom and China Unicom, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been lobbying hard to get the phone to join the lineup at China Mobile. Even if a small percentage of the carrier's subscribers eventually opt to buy an iPhone, it will still result in some decent growth to Apple iPhone sales.
source: LifeNetwork via Fortune, AppleInsider