There are rumors circulating all over the internet that Apple will launch its iPhone 5C on China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with over 700 million subscribers. A new report from WSJ suggests that the deal might have been successful between Apple and China Mobile to sell iPhone 5C on its network.
The report mentions that Apple is preparing to ship the low-cost iPhone 5C to China Mobile, according to people familiar with the plan. It’s not confirmed news as WSJ mentions, “It isn’t clear if Apple and China Mobile have signed an official sales agreement, but the fact that Apple is planning to ship phones implies a deal has been struck.”
The sources also say that Apple has asked Foxconn to add China Mobile to the list of companies who will get the rumored iPhone 5C. We’ve heard rumors in the past that Apple has asked its suppliers to create a TDD-LTE version of iPhone 5C, which will be compatible with China Mobile’s network. This would give a huge boost to the Cupertino company who was losing market share on Chinese shores due to a large number of cheap Android devices.
Apple has asked Foxconn, its longtime contract manufacturing partner, to add China Mobile to the list of carriers slated to receive a new low-cost iPhone, one of these people said. It isn’t clear when the phones would be delivered.
Apple is expected to unveil to unveil its much-awaited iPhone lineup on Tuesday in Cupertino. Apple is also expected to hold a live broadcast of the same event in China the next day — September 11th. The devices are expected to hit the shelves a week and a half later on September 20 for many markets. Rumors suggest that China will also get the new iPhones on September 20, same as US for the first time.
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