Analyst: Apple Will Sell 20M iPhones on China Mobile

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Yet another research firm is making a prediction as to how many iPhones Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will sell once a deal with China Mobile (NYSE:CHL), the world’s largest wireless carrier, is reached. According to a research note seen by Barron’s, Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry estimates Apple could sell up to 20 million iPhones in the first year the devices become available to China Mobile’s 750 million customers.

China recently announced that it is launching a 4G network in the country on December 18, and China Mobile will be getting first access. The news has fueled a new wave of rumors that China Mobile will be hammering down a deal to carry Apple’s iPhone soon. Many have speculated that the deal will be announced on December 18, the same day the network is launched.

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that China Mobile’s Shanghai website posted an announcement saying that “4G is here” and advertising the iPhone 5S. An attempt made by the reporter to order an iPhone on the network failed to go through. While representatives from Apple and China Mobile denied that a deal had been reached, a customer service representative from China Mobile said that the iPhone would be available for pre-order on Thursday.

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