Online reservations for the new iPhones have shot past 100,000 at China's second-largest mobile carrier, reports Bloomberg.
Reservations surged past the 100,000 mark on the phone's first day of preorders at China's No. 2 carrier.
Apple fans, already waiting for the next big thing, may have paused on buying an iPhone as they wait for the large-screen iPhone 6, expected in coming months.
The carrier says that it'll have the device within the next three months, joining China Telecom, which also be carrying the handset.
Android rival Ubuntu will be in "mid- to high-end" phones built by BQ and Meizu, the first manufacturers to commit to the British-made OS.
Sure, the high-end smartphone market is stuffed with iOS and Android, but demand for low-cost phones gives Mozilla and its browser-based OS a chance to chow down.
The estimate from analyst Toni Sacconaghi Jr. would top the Wall Street consensus of around 55 million units.
China Telecom and China Unicom have trimmed prices as China Mobile gears up to start selling the iPhone, says the Wall Street Journal.
Apple's CEO says he's "incredibly optimistic" of the partnership ahead of the iPhone 5S and 5C going on sale on the world's largest wireless carrier.
China's largest carrier does face competition from its smaller rivals, while the iPhone is struggling against the surge of Android smartphones.