The next big frontier for Apple to conquer with the iPhone is China’s largest carrier, China Mobile. Earlier in the year we heard rumors that Apple finally worked out a deal for China Mobile to carry the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. That still hasn’t been confirmed, yet rumors persist. Supposedly, on December 18th, the iPhone 5S & 5C will launch on the carrier, but for a small China Mobile subsidiary in the city of Suzhou, preorders briefly went live for both devices. This has since been taken down, and an official statement, which was supposedly from a China Mobile spokesperson, refuted the Apple deal altogether.
Industry speculation suggests that this was a soft-launch test and the official deal with China Mobile will still be unveiled. If this finally goes through it would be a huge win for Apple considering China Mobile holds over 740 Million subscribers. We will keep you updated if/when more info emerges.