Apple and China Mobile sign deal to sell iPhones in January

In January Apple is planning to offer the IPhone to the more than 760 million china mobile customers which could help it to raise its share from the fifth position in the growing market.

Apples has already sells its phones in china through two other carriers in the country– China Telecom and China Unicom but to deal with mobile, the largest in the country, has escaped it for some time. Reason may be behind it is that China Mobile uses a different wireless telecommunications standard from its competitors.

According to rumors it was announced on Sunday, Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C will be available from china Mobile and on apple retail store in china on Jan 17. Preregistration of the phone will started on the carrier website and through its customer service hotline from Wednesday.

Apple said on his statement, the pricing of the iPhone 5s and 5c for china mobile will be offered at a later date.

According to the research firm it comes to know that apple share of the Chinese smartphone reached 8percent in the third quarter. Samsung Electronics was the third largest player with having 21percent market share, surveyed by Lenovo with a 13 percent share. Yulong Computer telecommunication with 11 percent market share and Huawei with 9 percent has taken the third and fourth stage.

On December china issued 4G licenses to three local carriers including China Telecom, which has been Organizing base station across the country using a 4G technology recognized as LTE TDD (Long- Term Evolution Time Division Duplex).

Apple had been supporting china Telecom TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) 3G network technology but on Sunday it’s declared that the iPhones would run on both 4G TD-LTE and 3G TD-SCDMA networks.

By the end of the year according to a joint statement the two companies China Mobile 4G services will be available in 16 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

In 2014 china mobile plans to complete the rollout of more than 500,000 4G base stations, in which they will target more than 340 cities with 4G service, it added.

In September Apple added NTTDOCOM , Japan’s largest carrier, to its list of customers for the iPhone.