China Mobile and Apple finally reached a long-awaited deal to bring the iPhone to China on Jan. 17, 2014.
"China is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents us the opportunity to bring iPhone to the customers of the world's largest network." Tim Cook, Apple CEO
Apple CEO Tim Cook visited a China Mobile store in Beijing on Jan. 17 to mark the carrier's release of the iPhone in China. Apple and China Mobile received 1 million iPhone preorders. A 16GB iPhone 5s costs 5,288 yuan ($874), and a 16 GB iPhone 5c costs 4,488 yuan ($742) without a subsidy.
China Mobile on Dec. 18 officially rolled out its 4G TD-LTE network, the first 4G network in China. At the time, China Mobile was still in negotiations with Apple for a deal.
Apple held its first-ever product launch event in China on Sept. 11 in Beijing for the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
"Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China." Apple CEO Tim Cook
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