Samsung grabbing smartphone market share in China, now sells three times more than Apple
world's largest cell phone market, before Apple jumps on the China Mobile bandwagon with the next iPhone. Despite the carrier's CEO Wang Jianzhou meeting with Steve Jobs, an iPhone agreement wasn't reached, as China Mobile uses its own brand of 3G tech called TD-SCDMA, so the iPhone's radios would have to be retrofitted dramatically for that.Samsung is trying to quickly gain share in the
The situation will likely change with the fifth iPhone generation, since it will probably have the same Qualcomm's Gobi radio found in the new iPad, which supports TD-SCDMA, as well as TD-LTE. The 4G LTE speeds, however, might not see the light of day for at least another two years, as the Chinese FCC plans to expand the 3G network first, and then upgrade those base stations to LTE ones.
Still, Chinese consumers are extremely brand conscious, and the carriers that have the iPhone there had to adjust their contract pricing so as not to lose money on the heavy subsidies, thus we are not too worried about Apple's China ventures, eggpelting or not. Despite having just 7.5% of the smartphone market in China, Apple still made more than 5 billion in revenue from the area last quarter, and that's what counts in the end for shareholders.