Apple, China Mobile reach iPhone deal


A woman holding a toy sword walks past an advertisement for the iPhone in Beijing Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (Ng Han Guan/AP)
December 22, 2013

Apple says it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world’s biggest phone carrier.

The deal ends a long courtship and could boost sales of the iPhone in China. The iPhone, once hugely popular in China, has been eclipsed by the rise of lower-priced rival smartphones from Samsung and Chinese companies.

The iPhone 5S and 5C will go on sale in Apple stores and China Mobile stores beginning Jan. 17. China Mobile customers can register for phones starting Wednesday.

The companies didn’t announce pricing or the terms of the agreement.

The iPhone, while popular around the world, has faced tough competition in recent years from cheaper smartphones running Google’s Android software. Collectively, Android phones far outsell Apple’s iPhone.

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