Apple’s new somewhat-cheap mostly-potato-peeler iPhone 5S and 5C have acquired the necessary licensing and regulatory approval to run on the China Mobile network, yet have still not announced any formal deal with China’s largest cellular carrier. The phone will go on sale in China on September 20th, and many are expecting Apple and Mobile to announce their newfound love before the launch date.
Apple and China Mobile’s will-they-won’t-they relationship has provided tech writers with article fodder for years, but it looks like they’re finally going to go through with it, as AllThingsD reports:
The long-anticipated deal with China’s largest wireless carrier is clearly in the offing.
On Wednesday, China’s Telecom Equipment Certification Center issued a network-access license for a handset resembling the iPhone that runs on China Mobile’s network. This, just a day after Apple debuted the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, both of which support the TD-LTE wireless bands used by China Mobile.
Now, these back-to-back revelations certainly aren’t hard confirmation of a formal deal with China Mobile, but coming as they do after reports that Apple is preparing to ship iPhones to China Mobile, they suggest that a deal is likely imminent.
Many people have, of course, been using their iPhones on China Mobile for years, but an official partnership between Apple and the carrier has been elusive until now.
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