Demand for Apple’s iPhone appears high before it launches on China Mobile. That’s great for Apple, given that China Mobile’s subscriber base is seven times that of Verizon. If only a few percent of subscribers buy an iPhone, Apple will see big gains.
With 760 million subscribers and a brand new 4G network, China Mobile is ready for the iPhone. Apple is happy to oblige. Why? Selling iPhones to just 10% of China Mobile subscribers would be twice that of the 33.6 million sales worldwide last quarter.
Intel has purchased the wireless assets of Mindspeed Technologies in an effort to get the radio technology it needs to serve the telecommunications market.
According to the Wall Street Journal, China Mobile will begin offering iPhone pre-orders on Thursday.
Flush with a 4G license, China Mobile is expected to announce network details on December 18; a day that could also see a new customer for Apple. With the carrier’s unique 3G technology though, Apple may need one more new iPhone.
Now that China has awarded 4G TD-LTE licenses to the three largest carriers, are there are any phones ready for the network? Yup, Apple’s newest iPhones already support the technology, which could go live on December 18 on China Mobile.
China’s Telecom Equipment Certification Center approved Apple’s iPhone to work on China Mobile, the worlds’ largest operator with more than 700 million subscribers. That’s interesting since China Mobile uses a unique 3G network technology that isn’t yet supported by the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
It’s not official just yet, but if Apple is planning to ship a lower-cost version of the iPhone to China Mobile, the two must have worked out a deal. The iPhone 5C can help Apple gain a bigger foothold in the world’s most populous nation.
China Mobile is the world’s largest carrier with 650 million subscribers. China is one of the fastest-growing markets for Apple devices. As Apple looks to expand its customer base, this one carrier alone could help it make faster inroads into China.
The president of China Mobile told a conference of developers on Wednesday that network compatibility is not what’s keeping him from offering the iPhone. Rather, he says his concerns are related to the potential profits it would get out an arrangement with Apple.