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China Mobile confirms multimillion unit orders for the Apple iPhone; Apple CEO Cook "optimistic"

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China Mobile confirms multimillion unit orders for the Apple iPhone; Apple CEO Cook
Earlier on Tuesday, we passed along a published report which stated that 1.4 million units of the Apple iPhone had been shipped from Foxconn to China Mobile. The world's largest carrier is about to launch the device for the first time, this Friday. Now, China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua has started to talk about adding the iPhone to the roster of handsets he sells the 763 million subscribers to his network. The carrier is the world's largest mobile operator and the executive made it clear that the device will be a success. He said that China Mobile has made a multmillion unit order of iPhones.

This eliminates much of the concern from analysts who have worried that the low number of preorders in the first few days the iPhone could be reserved, signified disinterest on the part of China Mobile subscribers. And there is some legitimate worry that with a 16GB Apple iPhone 5s and a similarly endowed Apple iPhone 5c priced at 5,288 yuan ($870 USD) and 4,488 yuan ($738 USD) respectively, Apple will have its lunch eaten by low end Chinese made models.

"As of this weekend we will be selling iPhones in more than 3,000 additional locations. China Mobile already has a reach to many cities that Apple does not have a reach to."-Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

But don't expect Apple to change its pricing or to aim for the low end with a new model. CEO Tim Cook said at a media briefing on Tuesday, "Apple has always been about making the best products, not the most products, so that's always our North Star and that's not going to change ever." Cook also pointed out that half a million developers in the U.S. are writing apps for iOS. But that was sort of a random stat thrown out on a day when the topic was the cooperation between China Mobile and Apple. "We've gotten to know each other....today is a beginning, and I think there are lots more things our companies can do together in the future," said Cook. Did someone say "Apple iPad"?

source: WSJ

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posted on 15 Jan 2014, 00:27

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

That thumbnail though.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 00:35 1

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

LOL...Gotta love that thumbnail. :D

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 01:15 2

3. android_hitman (unregistered)

I call this b*s*it... wait till monday to see actually how many units they sold.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 21:20

10. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 173; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)

They will sell UP TO 20% of 10%.
Let's say 10% of people there can afford smart phone with data plan, that work out to about 76M. Apple can sell about 20% of 76M, that is about 15.2M. We don't know how many of them already have iPhone and I doubt they reach half of that.
That 20% come from my assumption of Apple market share.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 02:21 2

4. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

turns out China has the highest number of billionaires after the US, Tim has every reason to be optimistic

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 11:26 2

5. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

Definitely, billionaires make up the highest percentage of people on the planet. The people in China that can't afford iPhones are actually a very small minority.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 21:09

9. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 173; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)

Yeah, small minority. 'Only' 90% of them.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 15:40 2

8. xfire99 (Posts: 940; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Dont think billionaires care about what smartphones are popular, also they have money and ways to buy it from 1st release day and dont need to wait China Mobile to release it.

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 11:47

6. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

False hope. CEO get off of your butt and go live in the R+D Department until we tell you that you can leave!

posted on 15 Jan 2014, 12:12

7. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)

Hope it sells well. Good luck Apple with iP5s.

Loving and enjoying mine.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 18:52

11. ElixieR (Posts: 63; Member since: 01 May 2013)

F**K Apple and Tim C**k and their employees. they doesn't respect Chinese people in their Stores F**K You

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