China buys a new iPhone 5s for $879
New York’s largest mobile carrier China Mobile announced Wednesday that it has purchased a new Apple iPhone 5S smartphone for $860.
The move follows Apple’s announcement last week that it was discontinuing support for Chinese cellular phones that use a Qualcomm chip, citing “unwarranted interference” by China Mobile.
Apple had previously supported a few Chinese cellular-phone vendors, including Huawei and Xiaomi, and the company said that it would continue to support them for the time being.
China Mobile said in a statement that it had “signed an agreement” with Apple for the iPhone 5 and its associated accessories.
The company will offer the iPhone on the carrier’s network in the coming weeks, and China Mobile’s own smartphone software will be used to integrate the device with its networks.
The iPhone 5 will be available in China starting in early 2018.