Big deal: Apple’s iPhone comes to China Mobile, the world’s largest network


It’s official: China Mobile will sell the iPhone, bringing Apple(s aapl) roughly 760 million opportunities to boost both its market share and iPhone revenues. That’s roughly how many subscribers China Mobile has: Nearly three-quarters of a billion. Surely, Apple will only capture a percentage of that total but even a reasonable 10 percent would total a whopping 76 million iPhones. Putting that in perspective: Apple sold a total of 33.8 million iPhones last quarter on all carriers combined.

The iPhone officially launches on China Mobile on January 17, 2014, but starting on December 25, customers can pre-register for the either the iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s. As we suspected, this deal requires a completely different model for either phone because no currently available iPhone supports China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G network. Apple says the new handset will work on that network as well as China Mobile’s new 4G…

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