China Mobile Subsidiary Taking iPhone 5c And 5s Pre-Orders


From tantalizing teaser posters, to regulatory approval by China’s version of the FCC, it’s hardly the world’s best kept secret (or even a secret at all) that the iPhone 5c and 5s was coming to China Mobile at some point.

Now a website screen grab from a China Mobile subsidiary — advertizing pre-orders for the two new iPhones — suggests that that time could be now.

The subsidiary in question is based in Suzhou, a city with a population of 5 million just west of Shanghai, which counts as among the richest in China.

With around 740 million subscribers — making it the world’s largest mobile carrier — China Mobile is both Apple’s previous biggest holdout and its potential biggest prize. Despite all of the aforementioned hints, this is the first concrete evidence that a deal between the two parties has been reached.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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