Apple reaches deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

Apple reaches deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile

December 22nd, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Chinese employees cheer a customer after he bought a new iPhone at an Apple store in Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing in this Sept. 20, 2013, file photo. Apple says Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone carrier.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

NEW YORK - Apple says it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone carrier.

The deal could boost sales of the iPhone in China. Demand for iPhones, once hugely popular in China, have slumped there as lower-priced rival smartphones from Samsung and Chinese companies entered the market.

The iPhone 5s and 5c will go on sale in Apple stores and China Mobil stores beginning Friday, Jan. 17. Customers can register for phones starting Wednesday Dec. 25.

The companies didn't announce pricing or the terms of their agreement.

The iPhone, while popular around the world, has faced tough competition in recent years from cheaper smartphones running Google's Android software. Collectively, Android phones far outsell Apple's iPhone.

State-owned China Mobile has more than 750 million mobile accounts.