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Will they or won't they, and if so, when? That continues to be the question as a new advertisement on China Mobile's website seems to indicate that the carrier will launch its 4G network with the iPhone 5s and other compatible handsets.
The Wall Street Journal today reported that China Mobile appears poised to begin taking preorders for the iPhone starting this Thursday, if an advertisement for the world's largest wireless carrier is to be believed.
The advertisement, which touts "4G is here!," invites prospective high-speed customers to preorder a range of smartphones from Samsung and Sony, but curiously also includes Apple's latest iPhone 5s -- a deal that's been long expected but has yet to be confirmed in any real way.
“Customers can begin to preorder for our new 4G services from Dec. 12 through the company’s website and some dedicated branches in Shanghai," a customer services representative with China Mobile confirmed. "But we will only start providing commercial 4G services after Dec. 18."
According to the report, the carrier has yet to lock down iPhone pricing, and an attempt to preorder the handset on the China Mobile website wasn't quite ready for primetime on Monday. China Mobile is expected to make a splashy announcement about 4G service on Dec. 18 at a global trade conference in Guangzhou.
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