“China Mobile Ltd. plans to take preorders for Apple Inc.’s iPhones from Thursday in Shanghai, according to an advertisement on its website, as the world’s largest mobile carrier by subscribers moves closer to launching high-speed fourth-generation mobile services in the country,” Lorraine Luk reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“China Mobile Shanghai’s website, running the ’4G is here!’ slogan, invited potential customers to preorder the iPhone 5s,” Luk reports. “A quick test to preorder an iPhone 5s didn’t work Monday. A phone call to a China Mobile customer representative confirmed that customers can preorder iPhones from the site starting Thursday. ‘Customers can begin to preorder for our new 4G services from Dec. 12 through the company’s website and some dedicated branches in Shanghai. But we will only start providing commercial 4G services after Dec. 18,’ the customer services operator said.”

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