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

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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9 Comments

1. jameshoe unregistered

You can't blame anyone refuse your products

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

3. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

apple will take china mobile by storm 42 million+

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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?

7. riggsy

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

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

6. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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?

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

9. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

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

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