China Mobile Beijing about to take pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 5s?

China Mobile Beijing about to take pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 5s?
A reservation page spotted online is the latest evidence that suggests that China Mobile is about to start taking pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 5s. This would dove tail perfectly with a report earlier this week that had the world's largest carrier taking pre-orders for an iPhone from its customers for the first time ever on December 12th. In Beijing, where the pre-orders are supposed to start, it is almost 3pm in the afternoon as we write this.

While China Mobile has so far denied it has a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone, earlier reports had the phone launching for the carrier on December 18th. Apple had previously been unable to sell its iconic smartphone to China Mobile's750 million subscribers because the device was not compatible with the operators TD-SCDMA pipeline. Now that the carrier is moving to a 4G LTE network, there have been leaked posters and other indications that Apple and China Mobile had reached an agreement for Apple to sell the iPhone via China Mobile.

Earlier this month, a Suzhou-based subsidiary of China Mobile posted a reservations page for China Mobile customers interested in buying the Apple iPhone 5s and the Apple iPhone 5c, but it was subsequently taken down. The whole back and forth has to be getting China Mobile subscribers frustrated, along with Apple executives. China Mobile is an important carrier for Apple to snag. If only 1% of its customers buy an iPhone, that equals 7.5 million units sold.


source: ChinaMobile (translated) via AppleInsider

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7 Comments

2. skyline88

Posts: 702; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

i have been to Beijing for 3 months, all i saw was Huawei, Lenovo, Motorola (mostly low end models), Nokia, Samsung and plenty of Xiaomi, none of any Chinese using any iToy.

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

You're so right I mean these are just preorders on the world's biggest carrier right?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31813; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How convenient, now that this article appears, he's all of a sudden been to Beijing. As huge as it is, he's seen what everyone's carrying...hmmmmmm. I smell another attempt to bash apple.

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

+1, I know right? or maybe he just doesn't get the idea that China is an emerging market. These naysayers just don't get it :/

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31813; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Instead of skyline88, he should be skylying88 ;)

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

You're so right I mean these are just preorders on the world's biggest carrier right?

1. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Now it's up to the sales to meet with the analysts' predictions

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