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China's biggest mobile firm starts Apple iPhone sales

Published on Jan 17, 2014 11:41 AM
 
This picture taken on Jan 14, 2014, shows customers looking at Apple iPhones in a China Mobile store in Shanghai. China Mobile, the country's biggest services provider, on Friday started selling Apple's iPhone to its millions of customers nationwide, ending a six-year wait in a key market for the US technology giant. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - China Mobile, the country's biggest services provider, on Friday started selling Apple's iPhone to its millions of customers nationwide, ending a six-year wait in a key market for the US technology giant.

The combination of China Mobile's existing base of 760 million customers and its plans to roll out the world's largest 4G (fourth generation) network have the firm and Apple forecasting a fruitful union - after a long engagement.

China Mobile has priced the iPhone 5s roughly the same as competitor China Unicom, while at official Apple stores prices for iPhones compatible with each of the country's networks are identical.

At a China Mobile branch in downtown Shanghai, university student Jiang Yong picked up a silver iPhone 5s he had pre-ordered.

 
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