Chinese users welcome Apple, China Mobile deal
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese users welcomed a long-awaited tie-up between Apple and China Mobile, the world's biggest wireless operator, but analysts warned on Monday that the deal's impact depends on the quality of the carrier's 4G network.
The US technology giant and China Mobile on Sunday unveiled the agreement to bring the iPhone to customers on a network with an estimated 760 million subscribers and until now dominated by low-cost Android smartphones.
The US company's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c phones will be available at China Mobile and Apple retail stores across mainland China starting January 17, they said in a joint statement.
Chinese mobile phone users gave the deal a rousing ovation, hailing it as "a marathon love affair that finally came to a happy ending", in the words of one fan.