On December 22, 2013, China Mobile finally inked contract with Apple to sell iPhone handset devices in China. As part of the agreement, iphone 5s and 5c will be available from China Mobile's retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China from January 17, 2014.
"Apple's iPhone is very much loved by milliions 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," said xi Guohua, China Mobile Chairman.
China Mobile is rolling its 4G (TD-LTE) network. By the end of 2013, China Mobile's 4G services will be available in 16 cities. By the end o f 2014, China plans to build more than 500,000 4G base stations to cover more than 340 cities. The collaboration between China Mobile and Apple will promote the development of China's 4G (TD-LTE) technology.