It was rumored earlier this week that China Mobile, the only Chinese telecom operator that hasn’t started selling iPhones yet, would begin taking pre-orders for iPhone 5S on this Saturday (today). China Mobile responded saying it hadn’t reached final agreement with Apple then.

China Mobile Beijing did launch a webpage today taking pre-orders for a “star in 4G phones”. But you can tell the phone in the screenshot below is the very iPhone 5S. It’s unknown whether it’s due to unsettled issues between China Mobile and Apple.

What’s more interesting is the webpage shows 17179 orders have been submitted as of this writing.

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

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