Confirmed. iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for China Mobile approved by MIIT

Yesterday we told that Apple’s TD-LTE iPhone 5s for China Mobile may have already been approved by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

And it was.

Right after the official launch event, MIIT published the approvals for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c with China Mobile TD-LTE band support. Now, all that’s left for the new iPhones to get on to the world’s largest carrier network, is for China Mobile to finally receive TD-LTE network license from MIIT. This should happen in November.

iPhone 5S iPhone 5C TD-LTE MIIT approval

Of course, getting iPhone 5c on China Mobile seamed like a huge deal yesterday, when we thought this will be a relatively cheap iPhone. Now, when we learned that unsubsidized 5c will go for $549 before taxes, it sounds not so big.

Still, signing up two huge carriers – China Mobile and Japan’s NTT Docomo – even with way too expensive iPhone 5c, should give Apple some boost. After all, the latest, most expensive iPhone was the main sales driver for years. And iPhone 5s has enough of cool stuff, to find quite a few new customers in China and Japan.

Via: Tencent

Author: Stasys Bielinis

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  • Walt French

    Any info about the licensing costs for TD-LTE, and chip support? Presumably, the market isn’t as wealthy as the US, but MIIT and China Mobile may see LTE as a premium service and be willing to seek top dollar.