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China's state media cites December 18 launch for iPhone 5s, 5c

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The official state media of People's Republic of China, Xinhua News Agency, has reiterated expectations targeting December 18 as the launch date for Apple's 4G TD-LTE capable iPhone 5s and 5c on China Mobile.



Last week, reports focused on the scheduling of China Mobile's 4G Global Partners Conference, highlighting expectations that Apple's iPhone launch on the world's largest carrier would also begin on that date.

A new report by Xinhua, tipped by reader Jim Neal, describes China Mobile as starting its home-grown version of 4G LTE data service on the 18th under the new brand He, "meaning harmonious in the Chinese language."

The report cited China Mobile president Li Yue as "expecting" some 4G phones priced as low as US $162 "to appear in the second half of next year."

It also added, "Apple, Inc is also set to introduce iPhones supporting the 4G network in China, industry insiders said. The US giant and China Mobile are in negotiations over the 4G iPhone and they will launch it officially on December 18."

Last week, the Wall Street Journal cited Mizuho Securities analyst Marvin Lo in Hong Kong as stating that "a deal with China Mobile would give Apple a big boost in the China market as the largest local carrier has the most wealthy subscriber base.

"I estimate that among China Mobile's more than 700 million mobile subscribers, at least 10% or 70 million wealthier ones would be potential customers for iPhones," he added.
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We shall soon see.

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Is that why AAPL is up 9.66 today?

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There is no such thing as "its home-grown version of 4G LTE data service". Likewise, TD-LTE is a misnomer. It is called LTE TDD. There is one global LTE standard, and TDD is just one option for the duplexing method described in that standard (FDD being the other).
post #5 of 16
This is why AAPL is up I guess. Forget success, real sales numbers and profit when there is wild speculation and manipulation to be had.
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Is that why AAPL is up 9.66 today?

Hard to say. The market was up generally today.

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This is why AAPL is up I guess. Forget success, real sales numbers and profit when there is wild speculation and manipulation to be had.

Completely agree.

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post #8 of 16
Cool, the Chinese are about to experience the whole wide rest of the world and virus free, free porn surfing. Sometimes the world is so beautiful I can't stand it.
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There is no such thing as "its home-grown version of 4G LTE data service". Likewise, TD-LTE is a misnomer. It is called LTE TDD. There is one global LTE standard, and TDD is just one option for the duplexing method described in that standard (FDD being the other).

 

No. TD-LTE and LTE TDD are the same thing, and both are correct and in broad use. Time Division Duplex, with the word duplex being non-essential. 

 

Very much a Chinese-variant of FD-LTE standard to avoid paying Qualcomm royalties. 

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Cool, the Chinese are about to experience the whole wide rest of the world and virus free, free porn surfing. Sometimes the world is so beautiful I can't stand it.

Obviously you have not use an iOS device before, there is no free pron surfing but I can't say for android.

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Obviously you have not use an iOS device before, there is no free pron surfing but I can't say for android.
Adam Adam Adam, there is free porn to be had ( or so I hear 😲) on any device connected to the internet, it's just a matter of does it infect your device or not.

On a serious note 4g LTE in China should open the world up to their citizens
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Look for CNBC Kramer and the like to proclaim, Apple has risen again!

Lol they were never down.

Apple needs to get into the business of accurately calculating market share for higher end devices.

But whatever. With China mobile now on board even the most ardent Apple Bashers being paid by the competition cannot conceal the truth.

Apple is the best and most successful tech company.
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No.

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No.

 

–Sent from my Official China Mobile Board of Directors iPad.

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Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
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Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
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–Sent from my Official China Mobile Board of Directors iPad.

LMAO

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post #16 of 16
If it is true, as now seems more likely, it is difficult to estimate just how big a sales boost will result.

Look how sales in Japan have rocketed, with iPhones taking over 70% of smartphone market share after NTTDoCoMo finally came to their senses and started selling Phones.
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