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China Mobile has 42 million unofficial iPhone users, presenting huge opportunity for Apple

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China Mobile has 42 million unofficial iPhone users, presenting huge opportunity for Apple
Apple already has 42 million of its iPhones meandering on the largest carrier in the world China Mobile, statistics show, and that's even without an official launch. This means those tens of million of iPhone users can only use their handsets in 2G mode, with very slow data connection, due to the unique TD-SCDMA network tech that China uses.

The new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, however, supports TD-LTE now, and when China Mobile lights up its 4G network, likely in November, Apple is said to start offering the iPhone 5s in stores for what will be a monster untapped market for it. If 42 million people in China gave hundreds of dollars to purchase an iPhone off-contract and then put a China Mobile SIM card in it, we can only imagine most of them will be flocking to the carrier stores when they start carrying the iPhone 5s subsidized. We'd wager to guess also that a bunch of newcomers from the carrier's 740 million subscribers will form a nice little chink of change for Apple there, too.

source: SinaTech via UnwiredView

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posted on 16 Sep 2013, 03:10

1. jameshoe (unregistered)


You can't blame anyone refuse your products

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 03:12 1

2. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-11/in-beijing-the-new-iphone-gets-a-resounding-meh

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 04:19

3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


42 million people in 1.4 billion...and some people have more than one iPhone. So luckily Apple still hasn't achieved China domination yet.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 05:28 1

4. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 889; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


apple will take china mobile by storm 42 million+

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 05:57 5

5. promise7 (Posts: 297; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Um... the last sentence u wrote,

" the carrier's 740 million subscribers will form a nice little chink of change for Apple there, too."

R u trying to be subliminally racist?

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:21

7. riggsy (Posts: 25; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


haha. Daniel, I think the word you were looking for is chunk.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 05:57 4

6. promise7 (Posts: 297; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Um... the last sentence u wrote,

" the carrier's 740 million subscribers will form a nice little chink of change for Apple there, too."

R u trying to be subliminally racist?

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 17:45

8. AfterShock (Posts: 2144; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Bought off contract sure, at full retail, not a chance in this reality.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 20:31 1

9. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


you might want to edit the "nice little chink of change" pronto...just an FYI.

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