Further evidence to suggest that the new iPhones are almost ready for their long-awaited debut on China Mobile — the world’s largest carrier — has surfaced today after both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c gained regulatory approval for the carrier’s TD-LTE network.
TENAA, the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, has approved both devices for use on TD-LTE networks — and given that China Mobile is the only carrier that uses that type of technology (China Unicom and China Telecom use CDMA variants), it seems almost certain that the devices will soon be available on China Mobile.
Not that this will come as a surprise to anyone.
We’ve been waiting for the new iPhones to hit China Mobile since they were announced back in September. China Mobile officials have confirmed on several occasions that the company has been in talks with Apple to support its latest devices, and The Wall Street Journal confirmed in early September that a deal had been reached.
The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c are the first iPhones that deliver support for China Mobile’s unique wireless technologies, which is pretty surprising, given that the carrier serves more than 800 million subscribers. And now that they have the necessary regulatory approval, Apple’s announcement should be imminent.