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.
Last week, China Mobile said that they would be offering 4G services in several cities across China. The lead time for the Apple iPhone 5s has been decreased to 1-3 days from 3-5 days recently so the timing works out great for China Mobile.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said that Apple could sell 17 million additional iPhones next year through the China Mobile deal.