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iPhone still no sure bet to launch on world’s biggest carrier

Apple iPhone China Mobile Deal

It’s December 18th, which is the day many of us expected would be when Apple announced that China Mobile would finally, at long last, start offering the iPhone to its 750 million subscribers. Reuters reports, however, that talks between the two companies are still ongoing and it’s no sure bet that the iPhone will launch on China Mobile this year. A deal with China Mobile is crucial for Apple, which wants to keep building on the strong momentum it’s seen in China with the launch of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. According to the most recent numbers from Counterpoint Research, Apple’s iPhone has seen a major resurgence in China over the past couple of months as its market share in the country has jumped from under 5% in September 2013 to around 12% in October 2013.

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.