The long heard partnership of Apple’s and China is now declared officially according to a press release issued by Apple. The announcement outlined the deal as a “multi-year agreement.”
As per the partnership announcement, iPhone 5s and 5c would launch on the China Mobile’s 4G and 3G networks early next year. Pre-registration will begin on December 25, and the iphones is supposed to be available on January 17 of next year. Tim Cook, Apple CEO says “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.”
The deal is made to help boost iPhone sales in a market where Apple Inc. faces sharp competition. “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,” says Xi Guohua, China Mobile Chairman.
“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”. Tim Cook said in a a release
Pricing and availability of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for China Mobile will be available at a later date.