China Mobile is finally set to begin taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c later this week, according to advertisements on its website. Apple’s latest smartphone will be one of a handful of devices that support the carrier’s new 4G network.
Neither Apple nor China Mobile have announced the move yet, and it appears as though China Mobile has since removed its advertisement, but The Wall Street Journal reports that the carrier has confirmed it will start accepting pre-orders for the devices starting this Thursday, December 12.
“Customers can begin to preorder for our new 4G services from December 12 through the company’s website and some dedicated branches in Shanghai,” the representative said. “But we will only start providing commercial 4G services after December 18.”
China Mobile will also be rolling out new price plans for the iPhone, WSJ reports, but details on these are currently unavailable.
WSJ confirmed earlier this month that Apple has finally reached a much-anticipated deal with China Mobile over the iPhone, more than six years after the handset made its debut. It will open the device up to more than 740 million wireless subscribers.