After two days, China Mobile has pre-orders for just 100,000 Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c units
What makes the figure seem so low is that China Mobile has 763 million subscribers and certainly you would expect to see more interest in the two new iPhones from such a large customer base. But there are some things to consider, not the least of which is that this is one estimate made after just two days of pre-orders. Also, it isn't like these phones are new to the region. They have been available for more than a couple of months and China Mobile's subsidy is close enough to the other two carriers that it isn't drawing a substantial response from China Mobile subscribers.
Despite the lagging number of pre-orders for both the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c, analysts still expect China Mobile to sell between 17 million and 38.7 million units of Apple's iconic smartphone in 2014.
1. Sauce (unregistered)
2. apple4never (Posts: 1058; Member since: 08 May 2013)
lol apple got trolled by the the Chinese and the Z1 mini
3. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
can't say anything about the z1 mini right now but apple seems to be getting trolled regardless :D it's gonna get worse once the mini releases for sure
21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Hope China Mobile didn't get trolled by Apple insisting they purchase iPhones upfront. Apple needed the deal more than China Mobile did.
4. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Well given that they have went so long without the iPhone being offered on the network, they're probably are happy with what they got now. Just another guess.
5. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
The chinese have been buying refurbished iPhone 4 and 4S' for years. The market is more saturated than you might think.
10. tedkord (Posts: 8314; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Especially when there are so many capable devices to choose from that can do all the same things and often more.
16. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Same things >>sure ... More things >>> definitely .. But in the same way as iOS >>> not by a long shot
23. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
That's because the competitors do it better than iOS.
6. dcgore (Posts: 212; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)
Didn't the same thing happen when it came out on Verizon? It sold ok/not great the first few days.
12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
The Verizon fiasco was different because they launched the phone in February; 7 to 8 months after the initial launch. At that time everyone thought Apple would update the iPhone by June; why buy a phone that was past the mid-life point. But then Apple tricked everyone by pushing the release date to September.
This China situation is just a lack of demand.
7. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Screen Size matters more than the LOGO in this region :)
9. Doakie (Posts: 1758; Member since: 06 May 2009)
HAHAHAHA. Well that kind of shows the difficulty in launching in a society that is more frugal and less credit obsessed than the USA.
11. Derekjeter (Posts: 703; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
It's cheaper to buy a car than an iPhone in China..
13. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 169; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
Cars of Chinese brand may be. It's still too expensive for a phone. There are a lot of phones out there that offer more value for money.
14. CreeDiddy (Posts: 576; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Preorders take longer to get delivered, thus people chance it by going to the stores.
15. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)
They would probably be buying iPhones from Foxconn itself. Why bring big A in between?
17. ddeath (Posts: 167; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
It is not surprising. They got lots of fantastic Android phones. The Xiaomi mi3 is one of them. Played with it since my friend got one from China and it is a very well built phone at a great price.
18. jpd514 (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
Maybe the Chinese don't want send there fingers prints to the Chinese government or the NSA like every one owning an iPhone 5s do.
Just wait for an other Snowden to learn more.
19. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
The Chinese own a lot of iPhone 5S and 5C's already. They bought them all from the US and other countries. Have any of you been to an Apple Store in NYC between launch and up until about 3 weeks ago? Flooded with Chinese people buying 3, 4, or 5 iPhone's then sending them back home. There are millions of Chinese people in the US and abroad who have purchased and sent devices back to the mainland and Taiwan. I sold a 5S to a person who was sending the phone to his mother back in China. This was in October.
Some will still use this as an opportunity to troll and say "haha lookz dey got low reserves cuz dey sux and China luvs Android!"
24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Or, maybe based on your experience with phones being purchased in the U.S. and then sent to China, the market is saturated?
20. skyline88 (Posts: 410; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
with local brands producing outstanding phones like Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Oppo and many more, Chinese are not stupid enough to fall for Apple's trap.
22. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1870; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
100,000 iphones is not enough others will be pist.
25. almostdone (Posts: 207; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
Apple are for simpletons... The majority of Chinese people like their tech gadgets with large screens with lots of tweeking.