World's largest carrier China Mobile starts selling Apple’s iPhone today, but subsidies are not very high

World's largest carrier China Mobile starts selling Apple’s iPhone today, but subsidies are not very high

China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with a subscriber base of over 760 million, has officially started selling the iPhone today, but the subsidies are not as high as you might have thought. China Mobile and Apple have gone through hard and long negotiations to arrive at the deal, and the carrier admits that its pricing is not as low as on other Chinese operators, but is nonetheless justified because of China Mobile’s growing 4G TD/LTE network.

China Mobile is the first carrier to start offering the new high-speed LTE service in the world’s most populous country. Coverage is limited to just a few big metros at the moment - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, but is expected to grow to some 340 cities by the end of this year. The iPhone 5s, of course, supports the carrier’s 4G frequencies.

China Mobile is selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for free only with a two-year plan with a hefty ¥588 ($97) monthly fee. A more reasonable ¥188 ($31) monthly two-year plan would require customers to pay ¥3,788 ($625) for the latest iPhone, and without a contract the iPhone 5s goes for ¥5,288 ($873).

In comparison, the iPhone 5s is free with a cheaper ¥386 per month ($63) contract on China Unicom, but the agreement is for a longer, 30-month period of time.

The high price is not stopping early adopters, and estimates are that more than 1.2 million people showed interest by placing a reservation for the iPhone 5s on China Mobile. Some 42 million of the 760 million total carrier subscribers are said to already be using the iPhone even despite the fact that it’s never been officially offered before on China Mobile.

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, has flown to China himself for the launch and even signed 10 iPhones for customers. China Mobile’s chairman, Xi Guohua, also shared his excitement for the launch, saying the partnership with Apple is broader than just the iPhone.




source: The Next Web, CNBC

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30 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well, those subsidies are sub par so that won't help the iPhone much. No one wants to pay outright for it and anyone who does probably already bought one through other means.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Congrats china mobile, you know have the best...enjoy it. I love my 5s

3. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The best in your opinion. Which isnt the best for majority of the world sales wise.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're right, it is my opinion.

7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The best-selling phone in the world "isn't the best for majority of the world sales wise" is the exact argument you shouldn't be making. Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone aren't phones, they are brands. The iPhone 5S is a phone, and it's currently trouncing the competition.

13. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Until Samsung releases the S5 and the cycle repeats itself and Samsung outsells Apple AGAIN.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How many of those sales did you contribute to? Shhhhh, let these to giants continue to get rich off of our backs, and just be the consumer that you are JT. +1

19. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

0 because I am an educated consumer.

8. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

"Know" have the best? Typo on that small screen keyboard;)?

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's ok, I get typos on my note 3 also, and my iPad mini with retina. I'm not the best typist, so your attempt to dis the best phone on the market was crap. IJS.

21. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i bet Jklaz feels stupid haha... feels great to be an apple supporter sporting an android device. most people like you have good sense darkk...

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx g2g, notice he didn't reply? His comment was insanely stupid. I'll never be a close minded, one sided fanboy. All these devices rock if you ask me, apple and Samsung just happen to be my favs. +1

17. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

The iPhone sucks. Worst mistake I made in 2013. Actually iOS sucks which automatically makes the iPhone suck. I was OK with the hardware.

29. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

I knew I would find you here!!! Jediii I just don't understand your obsession with this iPhone. I still prefer by miles my Note2 to my iPhone 5. Ease of use as a business man even app wise I prefer the playstore..........just my 2cents ......not to start a war.......

5. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

all this market share; innovation talk is rubbish when your brand is iconic. "Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, has flown to China himself for the launch and even signed 10 iPhones for customers." Thats unheard of and speaks for itself.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Haters gonna hate, but apple is on its game g2g

10. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Bill Gates has done this for every major Microsoft launch that I can remember. He has sold the first XBOX everytime since the original launched in 2001, juat to name a few instances. So don't beat your Apple drum and make it out to be something it's not.

16. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

man we're talking about "phones" not an XBOX... i dont have an apple drum... just recognize the prestige of apple's brand. stop hating bro...

18. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

If you read my post, it was one of several instances. The XBox is not an isolated incident. Nor is this "unheard of" as you stated and that was my point. And I hear your drum beating again.

22. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol... ok ok you got me... its not a physical drum you hear its a ringtone on my iphone 5. lol no but seriously. if other products have their CEO sign autographs on them that's pretty awesome man... it goes to show that its more than just a phone... its like a pack of baseball cards. they use to sell for $1.00 a pack... (no value) but if you have a Babe Ruth card signed by him that value SKY ROCKETS. you can't deny the iphone, yes it could be missing some great features but if i put my iphone on eBay right now i bet it sells for nearly $500 you cant do that with any android device.

24. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I'll mail you $50 if you can get nearly $500 from your used iPhone 5 on ebay. Your sentimental attachment to your subpar phone has nothing to do with the actual value of it. Now if you threw in some hipster shades, vans, and skinny jeans you might be able to pull that off. But just to be safe you may want to throw in that drum your beating too. Http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC1.A0.Xused+iphone+5&_nkw=used+iphone+5&_sacat=0&_from=R40

30. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Please!!!! I purposely bought an iPhone and seriously I don't see what is so great about the phone!!!! There is just no wow factor!!! So please spare us your B.S. rant and come dine with the real boyz the big boys I mean. I just love my note 2. Already eyeing the 3 which is even better than my 2.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's all JT does man. Dude it's apple...

25. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Troll TM you are

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

But it isn't iconic for any good reason now unfortunately. Now whenever apple is mentioned it conjures thoughts of lawsuits, stagnation, high prices and rabid fan base.

12. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Apple does not allow any Devs to alter with there hardware. That really sucks. I can't and I would love to increase the Cpu so it doesn't lag when motion sensors are on. This should give Apple a minor lift to its sales... Good to go Apple

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Troll TM, can it.

26. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Are you talking to yourself...... ? Calling others Troll, when you are the classic Troll who causes flame wars and then backs out. Act your age. You are not a young guy, old guy. Get a life. We are true Americans, not coloured ones immigrants. Americans pride this.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude.............you're stupid.

23. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

huh? man nobody wants to do all that to their phones but tech guys. there's nothing wrong with customizations but it'll ruin apple's reputation to open up its software to the public.

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