China Mobile Launches 4G Network Without Apple's iPhone
Published on: 18th Dec 2013
On the day that it launches its 4G network China Mobile has signed agreements with 10 mobile phone manufacturers and retailers. However Apple was not one of them.
China Mobile has signed deals with manufacturers -- Lenovo, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Gionee-- as well as retailers and online platforms including Jing Dong, TMall, Suning, Gome and Dixintong.
The deals will speed up sales of 4G mobiles, a China Mobile official said.
The absense of Apple's iPhone from the company's list of suppliers adds to the confusion about the situation. China Mobile has repeatedly denied reports that it has signed a deal with Apple, although it says it wants to. However, the company then advertised the product on its website last week, fueling more speculation.
China Mobile says that it aim to sell 220 million smartphones in 2014, with nearly half being for its 4G network.