Mobile users in China will be happy to know that Apple has finally struck an agreement with China Mobile, the country’s largest mobile carrier with over 700 million subscribers, to include the iPhone 5s and 5c in its “expansive network of retail stores.” In the joint statement announced today, it is revealed that the new iPhones will be available as early as January 17, 2014, and that the pre-registrations will be accepted as soon as December 25, 2013.
“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,” China Mobile Chairman, Xi Guohua, mentioned in a statement. “We are delighted that the iPhone on China Mobile will support our 4G/TD-LTE and 3G/TD-SCDMA networks, providing customers with high-speed mobile service.”
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, appears to be equally optimistic, if not ecstatic, towards the newly formed partnership and the company’s future prospects in the region.
“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,” said Cook. “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.”
Should the Chinese consumer response be as widespread and overwhelming as many market watchers predict, Apple can expect an explosive financial performance throughout the first quarter of next year. BGR reported that the company’s China revenue in 2014 alone could reach a total $13 Billion USD.