After two days, China Mobile has pre-orders for just 100,000 Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c units
posted by Alan F. / Dec 30, 2013, 2:34 PM
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.
- Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
- Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
- Storage 64 GB
- Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
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lol apple got trolled by the the Chinese and the Z1 mini
posted on Dec 30, 2013, 2:53 PM 14
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The chinese have been buying refurbished iPhone 4 and 4S' for years. The market is more saturated than you might think.
posted on Dec 30, 2013, 3:03 PM 3
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Or simply because it costs too much?
posted on Dec 30, 2013, 3:12 PM 21
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Didn't the same thing happen when it came out on Verizon? It sold ok/not great the first few days.
posted on Dec 30, 2013, 3:07 PM 0
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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.
posted on Dec 30, 2013, 4:41 PM 2
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It's cheaper to buy a car than an iPhone in China..
posted on Dec 30, 2013, 4:29 PM 13
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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!"
posted on Dec 30, 2013, 10:31 PM 0
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