China Mobile will definitely give Apple an iPhone sales boost this year although it might not be as big a boost as many had anticipated. Per 9to5Mac, China Mobile said that it sold 1.34 million 4G phones over the lats month and that “most of them” were iPhones. Well-informed anonymous Apple observer @SammyWalrusIV chimes in to say that this likely means China Mobile sold just over 1 million iPhones on the quarter, a number that he says is “trending near bottom of [the] expectation range for the year” and is “decent, not wow.” China Mobile is the largest single mobile carrier in the world with 750 million subscribers and it’s seen as a key for helping Apple expand its iPhone empire into the world’s most populous nation.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.