Apple China Mobile deal is as good as done. Starts with iPhone 5C in November
WSJ confirmed today that Apple China mobile deal is as good as done.
According to the Journal, “Apple has asked Foxconn, its contract manufacturing partner, to add China Mobile to the list of carriers slated to receive a new low-cost iPhone. “
It is not clear whether the contract has been signed already and whether China Mobile will be part of iPhone launch event in Beijing on Sept. 11th.
A number of Chinese sources reported an almost finalized China Mobile iPhone agreement earlier this week. But the same sources noted that CM’s iPhone will start shipping in November, at best. The problem is China Mobile’s commercial TD-LTE 4G network license, or the lack of one, to be exact.
Up till now China Mobile has been testing its new TD-LTE network, but didn’t have the right to start the commercial operation of it. Ministry of Industry and Information was supposed to issue the 4G license around China’s National Day holiday (October 1st), but now it seems that the process has been delayed until November.
As soon as China Mobile gets the permission for commercial TD-LTE services, the sales of the new iPhone 5C are a go.
Apple’s iPhone sales growth has slowed down significantly this year. But with the deals with Japan’s NTT Docomo and China Mobile in place, and the new cheap iPhone 4C, Q4 numbers may see a significant boost.