Apple has signed a deal to make iPhones available to China Mobile, a Chinese carrier with over 750 Million users – more than twice the population of the US! While Android continues to grow, and has far surpassed the iPhones in popularity, Apple still holds a secure place in premium phones (and has exclusive rights to iOS devices). Both iPhones are going to support 3G as well as the TD-LTE standard 4G networks.
Until now, Apple sold iPhones just through two smaller carries: China Unicom and China Telecom. And with this new access to an enormous network, some analysts see the iPhone’s sales to go up by 10% (Yahoo News mentions this). Tucker Grinnan, an analyst at HSBC Holdings Plc (a banking and financial services company) in Hong Kong, said that China Mobile’s revenue growth has been slowed by people waiting for this iPhone deal. This deal benefits both parties (and provide healthy competition Google or OEMs like Samsung).
Available for pre-order on December 25th (Merry Christmas!) and coming to stores by January 17th, the iPhone 5s and 5c represent a shift towards a more connected world, which is fitting, as phones are meant to connect people together.