After months of “being in talks” with China’s largest carrier, China Mobile, Apple seems to have closed a deal with the carrier that includes distribution for the upcoming iPhone 5. On top of that, China Mobile is now saying that it has reached an agreement with Apple to bring an iPhone 5 with 4G speeds to its network.

The report doesn’t directly imply that a 4G-equipped iPhone would release on China Mobile this Fall, and recent reports have said that a 4G iPhone won’t be seen until at least 2012…


“China Mobile claims that it has reached an agreement with Apple to bring to bring its 4th generation TD-LTE mobile data connection to the next generation iPhone. The claim isn’t exactly new news as it was originally reported back in May, and doesn’t specify which model of iPhone it will be in, but could hint at the next generation iPhone actually being an iPhone 4S type device, with updated 4G capabilities, rather than a totally new iPhone 5 design.”

Industry reports have been claiming that Apple will unveil two iPhone models this Fall, with one of the devices being a cheaper, retooled version of the current iPhone 4. This news from China Mobile actually echoes a smilar report from China Telecom that Apple is about to introduce two new iPhone models simultaneously.

Apple has been clear that China is a huge market for the company, and making the iPhone 5 available to the carrier’s 600+ million wireless customers would be a huge gain.

However, we’re unsure about the claim of a 4G-equipped device.  Rumors have suggested that 4G technology won’t be up to Apple’s standards until at least another year, and it would seem far fetched for Apple to introduce a 4G device in the coming months.

What do you think?



    China gets 4G in their iPhone 5 and us “slobs” here in the States have to wait because AT&T can’t get its act together??????

    – Eric

  • Cameron

    I hope this rumor is true! Maybe Americans will learn that they can’t get everything. If you want 4G buy an Android!

    • James

      4G on a plastic piece of shit handset that looks awful and has to be held in 2 hands because it’s that big or no 4G and a phone that looks and feels superior …. errrrrr, no choice there !!

      • Cameron

        Trust me I’m still buying an iPhone 5 this year, I’m just saying you want 4G buy an Android. 😛

  • Soto


    • Cameron

      If your refuring to me just check the comment above my first. The guys appalled that China gets iPhone 4G before US. Why can’t another country get something first for once?


    • Thatoneguy

      I want to beat you up while yelling “USA USA USA”

      • Cameron

        Do you ever wonder why Jesus has never walked on you country? Well now you do!


  • The size and power consumption of LTE chips is too high. The iPhone 5 will most likely not be 4G. However, the iPhone 6 probably will be.

  • Joe Kidd

    Can we just go back to having the bag phones, so it’s easier to have battery reserves??

  • The Wizard’s Baker

    It says 4g speeds, not actual 4g network.