China Mobile to start iPhone preorders this week

“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.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


    1. Knock yourself out reading ‘The Onion’ or listening to faux news like John Stewart. The Wall Street Journal is arguably the most credible newspaper in America. The Washington Post has been shedding left leanings and also ranks highly. NYT is good for Art Reviews if you are a fan of esoteric adjectives. Most of their reporting is PC dogma daily with some notable exceptions for world news, sports and tech.

  1. The china mobile deal is not only business to business , it is also political to political .

    By looking at the face of USA Vice President when he visited china , u know china won’t send this gift to America.

    Nobody seems to talk about what will happen to aapl if the deal isn’t inked .

  2. The so-called PRE ORDER website says “The investigation has ended, thank you to participate!”

    It is obviously a questionaire , not a pre order .

    What a joke.

    Prepare to sell a daily hard dive of AAPL

    1. UPDATE: A China Mobile spokesman told CNN’s Beijing bureau Tuesday that there was no deal yet with Apple (AAPL) and that the Suzhou site was not “official.” He left open the possibility that it was some kind of test or experiment.

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