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Apple Finally Signs The China Mobile Deal

by | 23rd, December 2013




THE financial markets have been waiting for this for some years: for Apple to sign up with China Mobile to take the iPhone. The importance of it is that China Mobile is the last major airtime provider around the world that doesn’t currently carry Apple’s products. And with 760 million subscribers that’s a hell of a market that Apple is missing out on. The deal has finally happened :

Apple® and China Mobile today announced they have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring iPhone® to the world’s largest mobile network. As part of the agreement, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available from China Mobile’s expansive network of retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China beginning on Friday, January 17, 2014.

There were two reasons the deal didn’t happen before now. The first was that Apple just didn’t make a phone that would work on that network….it uses a different technology from everyone else called TD-SCDMA. That’s their version of a 3G network. They’re rolling out a 4G network now, which the

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