Is the Apple-China Mobile Deal Almost Here?


Yet another leaked image of a China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) advertisement promoting the sale of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones suggests that the Cupertino, California-based company may be closer than ever to inking a deal with China’s largest mobile carrier. The latest leaked advertising poster comes courtesy of Chinese website MyDrivers.

According to MyDrivers, the poster says that China Mobile will offer the “strongest iPhone” with full support for both 3G and 4G networks. Although the TD-LTE versions of Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C have already been approved for use on China’s networks, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has yet to issue 4G operating licenses to the country’s carriers.

But according to Sina Tech, MIIT minister Miao Wei recently said that 4G licenses will be issued before the end of this year, while some rumors even suggest that licenses may be issued before the end of September. The leaked posters and the 4G license rumors both hint that China Mobile is on the verge of announcing a distribution deal with Apple.