Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus to launch in China on October 10th?

Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus to launch in China on October 10th?
A leaked internal document showing a timeline for a Chinese retail store, indicates that the new Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus will be launched in China on October 10th. Unlike last year, when China was one of the countries that received the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c with the initial launch of the phones, those in the country who wanted the new versions immediately had to rely on handsets smuggled into the country. Some of those who waited in lines outside New York City Apple Stores on the day of the launch, were filmed handing off their purchases to some shady looking characters.

The aforementioned leaked internal memo shows that this unidentified store plans on training employees starting on October 7th, with sales to begin three days later. Pricing is expected to be different this year, with carrier subsidies being cut. Originally, it was expected that the 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 6 would be priced at the equivalent of $863. That was the price of the Apple iPhone 5s when launched in the country last year. The 5.5 inch-Apple iPhone 6 Plus was expected to be tagged at the equivalent of $1026. But that is not going to be the case.

According to a report from Bloomberg, China's regulators are requesting that carriers cut the amount of subsidies being offered to iPhone 6 buyers. The same report notes that China Mobile is seeking to cut its subsidies by $2 billion for the iPhone. That would result in a doubling of the price of  the Apple iPhone 6. 

In China, subsidies are paid out monthly to phone buyers in the form of a bill credit. While the price of the Apple iPhone 6 will nearly double from the iPhone 5s, new rules mandated by the authorities in China will lower the amount of money laid out for a new phone by $131. Still, the lower subsidies will increase the overall amount paid by a Chinese consumer for the iPhone 6, by $97 over the two years of the contract.

Right now, smuggled Apple iPhone 6 units are going for as much as $1900 while the iPhone 6 Plus can be had for $3250. Popular colors like Space Gray and Gold can fetch a $500 premium.


source: TechWeb (translated),  Bloomberg via AppleInsider

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12 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

There's a lot of competition in China especially to their home grown smartphones . Apple will still have a hard time in china even Samsung was thrown out for being number 1.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I believe that one of the Chinese manufacturers will kick Apple out from the world's 2nd smartphone vendor someday because the 3rd, 4th and 5th are also dominated by Chinese manufacturers as well. Soon, people will finally realize that "value for the money" is the good choice.

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They might, but it won't matter. The Chinese OEMs are playing the same game as everyone but Apple, and as you see, that is a losing strategy.

11. mrochester

Posts: 1039; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Personally, ''buying the best'' is the good choice, and that's why I own an iPhone. No point in buying a crap device just because it's cheap; it's still gonna be crap.

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I don't think you've ever had or used these 'crap' devices from China before, they certainly will make anyone question why phones by the big brands have to cost ~$700 off contract.

2. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

FYI Apple still dominates the premium smartphone market in China. It's gotten so popular now it's a symbol of the important and/or rich. I don't see this trend changing these couple of years, but who knows? Trends rises and falls. Speaking of the ones giving the Chinese government the middle finger... Lol. Looks like its not so much protectionism after all. Less than a month is hardly anything.

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

another million going in once release.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

All I know is I'm loving my 6 plus!

9. rbasky61

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Once reached China.. competitors starts to shutdown..

10. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Chinese people are crazy about any american s*it ... i could see ugliest american man or a F8king tasteless american burger rules there... and i saw a lot of iphones there , more than US if you really wanna see the izombie population , go to china...

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