iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C finally land at China Mobile on January 17, pre-orders start on December 25
Dec23

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C finally land at China Mobile on January 17, pre-orders start on December 25

It’s finally happened. After more than six years of negotiations, Apple has managed to persuade the world’s biggest carrier to sell iPhones. This has been rumored increasingly over the past couple of months, so we knew things were probably close to completion. Still, it’s hard to overstate how important this is for Apple and its sales numbers for at least the first quarter of 2014 (if not the second too). China...

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Confirmed. China Mobile already has 45 million iPhones on its network
Dec16

Confirmed. China Mobile already has 45 million iPhones on its network

Apple’s China Mobile deal is as good as done. iPhone5S and iPhone 5C will launch on the world’s biggest carrier this week. Even without an official announcement, China Mobile has the new iPhone promotion/pre-registration page running for several days already. Why  is everybody making such a big deal about China Mobile iPhone? Because of the sheer size of it. In early September we told you that China’s biggest carrier already had 42...

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China Mobile’s iPhone 5S subsidy rates leak as WSJ confirms Apple’s new carrier partner deal
Dec05

China Mobile’s iPhone 5S subsidy rates leak as WSJ confirms Apple’s new carrier partner deal

The rumors that Apple – China Mobile deal for iPhone 5S and 5C has been in place for months, were true.  The companies have only been waiting for China Mobile to receive 4G license from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), to launch iPhone 5S with TD-LTE support as a flagship device for next generation services and brand. Yesterday MIIT issued the TD-LTE licenses for all 3 Chinese mobile operators. Few hours later...

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Xiaomi’s Lei Jun: iPhone is still the best smartphone on the planet
Dec04

Xiaomi’s Lei Jun: iPhone is still the best smartphone on the planet

The debate which one is better – iPhone or an Android phone – has been raging for years, and will probably never be settled. It is common for a fan in Android camp to boldly proclaim that this latest flagship from HTC or Samsung leaves all the iPhones in the dust. Or for an Apple fan to state that the latest iPhone just announced, gives competition no chance to catch up. It is not so common for an Android OEM exec to tell...

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4G TD-LTE licenses officially issued by MIIT. Here comes China Mobile’s iPhone 5S and 5C
Dec04

4G TD-LTE licenses officially issued by MIIT. Here comes China Mobile’s iPhone 5S and 5C

After months of waiting and dithering, China has finally entered 4G era. Today Chinese Ministry of Industry  and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued the first batch of 4G licenses to China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. China Mobile got access to 130MHz of spectrum (1880 -1900 MHz ,2320-2370 MHz ,2575-2635 MHz), China Unicom will get 40MHz (2300-2320 MHz ,2555-2575 MHz) and China Telecom will also have 40MHz (2370-2390...

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China Mobile iPhone 5S/5C pre-order site goes live for a few hours. Racks-up very impressive numbers
Dec03

China Mobile iPhone 5S/5C pre-order site goes live for a few hours. Racks-up very impressive numbers

Those China Mobile iPhone 5S/5C pre-order page screenshots we told you about yesterday? They were genuine. Late this night China Mobile did actually start taking online pre-orders in one medium sized (for China) city of Suzhou, through a site 139life.com, owned by its local subsidiary. We checked the WHOIS data, and domain 139life.com indeed belongs to China Mobile. The page has been taken offline after just a few hours,  but you can...

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Screenshot of China Mobile’s iPhone 5S/5C pre-registration page shows up online
Dec02

Screenshot of China Mobile’s iPhone 5S/5C pre-registration page shows up online

China Mobile’s iPhone 5S/5C has been rumored ever since Apple’s smartphones received MIIT certification this September. Early consensus was for November launch, with new iPhones as flagship devices showcasing China Mobile’s 4G services. That, obviously, didn’t happen. Now, it seems, everyone agrees that China Mobile will launch commercial TD-LTE services on Dec. 18th, together with the new brand and the new iPhones.  C Technology, one...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 with TD-LTE get certified, may be launched by China Mobile at the same time with the iPhone 5S
Nov28

Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 with TD-LTE get certified, may be launched by China Mobile at the same time with the iPhone 5S

Samsung’s two latest flagship Android handsets, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, will be available in TD-LTE flavors in the near future. The TD-LTE Galaxy S4 has the model number GT-I9508C, while the TD-LTE edition of the Note 3 is the SM-N9008V. Both have been certified in China recently, and are on their way to China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier. Since China Mobile is getting ready to officially start offering TD-LTE services...

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iPhone 5S/C made up 76% of new smartphone sales in Japan this October
Nov27

iPhone 5S/C made up 76% of new smartphone sales in Japan this October

Japan is probably the second best iPhone market, after U.S.  At least in market share. China either already is, or will soon be bigger in absolute numbers. Apple  has been doing very well in Japan for years. And now that country’s biggest mobile operator – NTT DoCoMo – started carrying iPhone 5S and 5C, it is doing even better. How much better? According to Kantar World Panel, 76% (!) of new smartphones sold in...

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China Mobile’s 4G and iPhone 5S/5C launch confirmed by China’s official news agency
Nov26

China Mobile’s 4G and iPhone 5S/5C launch confirmed by China’s official news agency

This year 4G LTE is coming to China. And with it – Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. We’ve been hearing bits and pieces about this launch for many weeks now, yet today the actual release date has been confirmed by none other than Xinhua, China’s official state news agency. It’s December 18. That’s when China Mobile will start delivering 4G LTE services in the country. The first three cities to get 4G...

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