The news comes a day after China's Ministry of
Industry and Information Technology issued 4G licenses to China
Mobile, China Unicom <0762.HK> and China Telecom <0728.HK> in
another widely expected move.
The rollout of iPhones by the world's largest
mobile carrier by users, with more than 700 million subscribers,
is expected to start around the time of a December 18 China
Mobile conference in the southern city of Guangzhou, according
to two people familiar with the carrier's plans, the newspaper
Officials with Apple and China Mobile declined
to comment. China Mobile is one of the world's last major
carriers that does not offer the iPhone. The company has trailed
behind its smaller rivals in attracting users to its home-grown
3G standard due to its poorer network service.
At 0200 GMT, China Mobile shares in Hong Kong
were up 1 percent, while smaller rivals China Unicom was up 1.3
percent and China Telecom inched up 0.4 percent.
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