China Mobile will soon start Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone orders. According to a screenshot spotted by The Wall Street Journal, China Mobile will start taking pre-orders for the Apple iPhone and other 4G phones this week on December 12th. The Wall Street Journal verified these details in a call to China Mobile.
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According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple could sell 17 million in additional iPhones through 2014 as part of a deal with China Mobile.
China Mobile Ltd. (HKG:0941) users will be able to connect to 4G LTE starting December 18th, according to Xinhua. China Unicom and China Telecom are expected to get 4G LTE shortly after that. The 4G LTE network will be launching in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Chongqing first. Shanghai is still building their city-wide 4G network.
China Mobile is the world’s largest wireless carrier, but they do not sell iPhones to their customers. Apple CEO Tim Cook has had discussions with China Mobile’s board in the past and it is believed that they are getting closer to make a deal happen.
Nokia Corporation announced the Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone on Tuesday. The Lumia 925 has a metal-finished design and works very well in low lighting. The Lumia 925 has a new AMOLED display and has advances in PureView imaging technology for capturing sharp pictures.
Steve Jobs is rumored to be meeting with China Mobile Ltd representatives to officially bring the iPhone to the network. TechCrunch reports that China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator and already has more than 7 million iPhone users on its network. If the talks are real and successful, China Mobile may soon sell and officially support iPhones.
According to Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek, the Apple iPhone 5 is unlikely to have LTE functionality. Misek also said that the iPhone device that is expected to launch in September should be called the iPhone 4S. And if his sources are correct, Apple will announced that the iPhone 4S will be available on Sprint, T-Mobile, and China Mobile.
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