By Alexandra Burlacu | Dec 23, 2013 10:34 AM EST
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are finally ready to hit China Mobile, as Apple has officially announced the release date as Jan. 17.
Apple has been in talks with China Mobile for ages and anticipation for an iPhone release has only intensified after the company launched its latest smartphones. Apple has now officially revealed that it has signed an agreement with China Mobile for several years. Under this deal, China Mobile customers will finally be able to get the new iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C starting on Jan. 17. Pre-registrations begin on Dec. 25.
"Apple's iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world. We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile's leading network. We are delighted that iPhone on China Mobile will support our 4G/TD-LTE and 3G/TD-SCDMA networks, providing customers with high-speed mobile service," China Mobile Chairman Xi Gouhua touted in a press release on Sunday, Dec. 22.
"Apple has enormous respect for China Mobile and we are excited to begin working together. China is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents us the opportunity to bring iPhone to the customers of the world's largest network," added Apple CEO Tim Cook. "iPhone customers in China are an enthusiastic and rapidly growing group, and we can't think of a better way to welcome in the Chinese New Year than getting an iPhone into the hands of every China Mobile customer who wants one."
China Mobile has more than 700 million subscribers and the new deal with Apple will likely see a great increase in iPhone sales. Apple devices have enjoyed great popularity in the region and the iPhone's launch on China Mobile seems long overdue.
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will become available for pre-registration starting on Wednesday, Dec. 25, via China Mobile's official website or customer service number 10086. Neither Apple nor China Mobile have offered pricing details so far, but the pre-registration will allow interested customers to sign up and receive additional information.
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