China Mobile always wanted to sell iPhones but is still the only telecom operator in China that doesn’t, due to TD-SCDMA, the home grown 3G format China Mobile adopted that some chips including iPhone’s don’t support. The largest Chinese operator by revenue and user base won’t miss it in the upcoming 4G era.

It is reported that China Mobile will start selling iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, which are compatible with China Mobile’s TD-LTE network, on December 18th. A leaked screenshot (see below) shows that it will take pre-orders soon. But prices are not shown on the webpage. As of this writing we don’t find such a live web page.

Update: China Mobile finally reached deal with Apple at the end of December 2013 and would start selling iPhones on January 17th, 2014 (Beijing time).

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at

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