Apple's iPhone is about to get its mojo back

The largest wireless carrier in the world is finally moving to sell the device, according to reports.

By MSN Money Partner Dec 3, 2013 3:16PM
Image: Businessman in China (© Brooklyn Production/Corbis)By Jay Yarow, Business Insider

The world's largest wireless carrier, China Mobile (CHL), is secretly taking pre-orders for the iPhone, Fortune's Philip Elmer DeWitt reports

DeWitt has a screengrab of an iPhone pre-order site from a China Mobile subsidiary which is in Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai. The site has since been taking down. 


DeWitt says Suzhou is a good place for an iPhone launch because it has 5 million people, and it's one of the richest cities in China. Therefore its people will be able to afford iPhones. 


China Mobile is very important for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone business. It has about 700 million subscribers. Selling iPhones to that new customer base should result in a nice pop in iPhone sales. 


This is a big part of the reason Apple's stock is at its highest point for the year, and has been rising since bottoming out in June. The iPhone business looked like it was in trouble earlier this year. Today, things look much better.


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Dec 3, 2013 7:11PM
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This story has nothing about getting its mojo back.  The story is more about Apple selling more phones, getting in the Chinese market.  If the iphone really wanted to get its mojo back, they would come up with something unique, something other than a color.  A larger screen, something really slick in its operating system that android doesn't already have, etc.
Dec 3, 2013 4:48PM
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The Fortune story has been updated as follows:

"UPDATE: A China Mobile spokesman told CNN's Beijing bureau Tuesday that there was no deal yet with Apple.
Apple and China Mobile -- the world's largest mobile carrier -- have been working on an iPhone distribution agreement for more than six years.


NOTE: An earlier version of this story took the website, its iPhone ordering system and its provenance at face value. China Mobile's denial that a deal has been struck suggests that the site might have been a hoax."

Dec 3, 2013 5:28PM
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I loved my iPhone until I got the Galaxy S4. Whoa, I will never go back. FREEDOM!!!
Dec 4, 2013 3:15AM
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I have relied on my iPhone for well over 2 years, and it has never failed me. It works great, everytime, and it is still going strong, whatever I am doing. I cannot say that about any other phone I have owned...ever. I simply do not like the size of the Galaxy. Too Damn Big. If I want to watch TV, I'LL WATCH A T.V. 
Dec 3, 2013 6:28PM
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iPhones have there place - just not in my pocket!!!  This old dude likes simplicity.  Give me a phone that I can dial a number, answer an incoming call, talk to and hear the incoming caller, and don't have to shell out $$$$ to own it.  I have to save all the money I can to pay my "affordable" insurance premium.
Dec 3, 2013 6:03PM
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 I LIKE GADGET ALWAYS HAVE  if I could afford both I would have 4S now I'm just going to stick with what I know how to use that's my I PHONE
Dec 3, 2013 9:34PM
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China Mobile sells mostly Android phones for around $200 so what makes everyone think Chinese will fall in love with $500-660 iPhones?
Dec 3, 2013 6:04PM
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I don't know about Apple. So far I have not had any luck. It's customer service is great though.
Dec 3, 2013 6:33PM
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iphones are not the status symbol they used to be.. overpriced and can not do half of what a good samsumg can do..
Dec 4, 2013 1:16PM
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IOS 7 ruined the iPhone for almost everyone I know. They tried fixing something that wasn't broken, and they ended up screwing themselves in the process.
Dec 3, 2013 6:31PM
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And for only 600.00 you can have the iPhone.... No Thanks
Dec 3, 2013 6:17PM
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I have an iPhone and an LG G2.  There is simply no comparison.  The G2 is by far the better device.  There are too many excellent android options competing with Apple for Apple to ever dominate again.  It's the next Microsoft.
Dec 4, 2013 11:14AM
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I've had all the top of the line androids.. and everyone of them glitches out and had some sort of issue. apps opening and closing at random. Icons relocating to different screens, batteries that lasted no longer than 4 hours. I was a slave to my charger or some other battery case to increase life.

 I went iPhone for the first time last month. All I can say is it does exactly what I want it to do whenever I want it too. The new IOs is fantastic! The battery goes all day! The voice txt is flawless.

 I only switched because the phone was free from T-Mobile..... I will never look back.

Dec 4, 2013 10:53AM
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Status symbol next thing Chinese will be driving pimped out vehicles and wearing expensive clothing with tags hanging out so everyone can see their rich.

Dec 3, 2013 6:13PM
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Apple is not on top of anything. They haven't been for years now. They keep selling last years model with a few upgrades. I guess it works but don't even try to compare it with Android's top devices. Apple needs to worry about keeping it's head above water until Jobs returns with some new ideas
Dec 3, 2013 8:12PM
Dec 26, 2013 9:34AM
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Very big market pop for the iPhone S and C models.  I have already seen a nice lift in the stock price last week and it is only going to keep rising as sales numbers role in.  I purchased my shares at 660.00 a share last year but I am sure it will come back and then some.
Dec 3, 2013 8:03PM
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Androids rock SD cards and can be "customized" more than an i phone. You see very few mid adults with iPhones they are more of a kids phone .
Dec 3, 2013 6:00PM
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NEVER bet against Apple. 

 

Everything else is great...but it's not an iphone - and in the end....it's Toyota...it's Coca Cola....it's Polo...once a brand is this big and so far ahead worldwide in the "lust after" column.... it will be decades before there is any movement at the top....if there is.

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