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This new China Mobile deal could allow Apple to sell about 15 million to 20 million more iPhones

Apple will be able to grab a whole new mobile market starting next month thanks to a new deal with China Mobile.

China Mobile, which is China's largest telecom with about 760 million customers, and Apple have signed a multi-year agreement that will make the iPhone available through the carrier. 

More specifically, China Mobile will start offering the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S starting January 17, 2014. 

"Apple has enormous respect for China Mobile and we are excited to begin working together. China is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents us the opportunity to bring iPhone to the customers of the world's largest network," said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. "IPhone customers in China are an enthusiastic and rapidly growing group, and we can't think of a better way to welcome in the Chinese New Year than getting an iPhone into the hands of every China Mobile customer who wants one."

This is pretty big for Apple's iPhone, which is currently in fith place in China when it comes to market share. This new deal could allow Apple to sell about 15 million to 20 million more iPhones, according to ZDNet

At the same time, pricing will play a major role in how well the iPhone sells via China Mobile. Out of the two latest iPhone releases, the iPhone 5C is the cheapest with an off-contract starting price of $550 (which is not as cheap as many thought it would be). China's mobile customers don't have subsidized pricing like U.S. carriers, so they will have to pay higher unsubsidized prices. If Apple prices the iPhones too high, it could turn some potential customers away.

Pricing and availability for the iPhone 5C and 5S will be available at a later date, according to Apple and China Mobile. 

However, China Mobile's rollout of 4G LTE connectivity could help Apple wrangle in some extra customers. Apple's iPhones are expected to support both 3G and 4G standards, making it a very flexible device that can offer higher speeds. 

At any rate, Apple is in a much better place with China now than it was a year ago. At this time last year, Apple fell to sixth place in China's mobile market. 

Source: Market Watch

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By Reclaimer77 on 12/23/2013 9:56:26 PM , Rating: 5
After years of buying cheap crap from China, finally WE get to flood their market with garbage of our own :)

RE: Payback
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/24/2013 1:08:19 PM , Rating: 1
Man, I just rolled all over the floor laughing at that one.

Nice lol.

RE: Payback
By The Von Matrices on 12/25/2013 1:20:31 AM , Rating: 2
It would be a cunning plan if Apple's phones weren't already made in China.

Not sure this is a big market for Apple.
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/23/13, Rating: 0
RE: Not sure this is a big market for Apple.
By ven1ger on 12/23/2013 8:59:07 PM , Rating: 2
There is a rising affluent class in China that Apple will probably sell at least a few million. The majority of Chinese do not have as much disposable income to be able to afford Apple's margins. But, again, many Chinese are somewhat status conscious.

RE: Not sure this is a big market for Apple.
By tayb on 12/24/2013 10:35:49 AM , Rating: 2
The thing is that when you talk about a small minority, say 2% of the population, you are referring to a quarter million people. That's a huge potential market that is being completely untapped by Apple. These people aren't satisfied with cheap knockoffs. It's a status symbol for them.

By StraightCashHomey on 12/24/2013 10:59:47 AM , Rating: 2
Your decimal is actually off by two places. 2% of China's 1.4 billion people is 28 million.

Enlighten me.
By lawrance on 12/26/2013 1:31:05 PM , Rating: 2
For a website who's user base hates Apple products so much, I'm amazed at how many Apple articles are posted here and how many comments they generate.

I dislike most Microsoft products but the last place you'll find me is reading article after article about Microsoft and then spending my valuable time bashing them.

So please answer me this: If you hate Apple so much, why are you investing your time reading and commenting about them?

RE: Enlighten me.
By ven1ger on 12/26/2013 3:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
There may be many readers who detest Apple/Microsoft/Google/etc.(take your pick), but that's a small percentage but vocal out of the total readership, unless you have figures to back up your assertion. On the flip side, you also have a small percentage that are pro-Apple/Microsoft/Google/etc.

For myself, I don't hate Apple, but I despise their business practices. I'd rather see actual competition among the various brands producing the best products at the best prices. I believe the larger majority just like to read about the tech stuff which is probably the primary reason that most people come here.

Let me ask you a question, if you only wish to read about Apple stuff and don't want to read about other products then why not hangout at the Apple only websites, why come here?

work at home..
By MaryMOsteen on 12/23/13, Rating: -1
RE: work at home..
By Vertigo2000 on 12/23/2013 11:28:01 AM , Rating: 2
fith place

Furst, Sekund, Thurd, Forth, Fith... hyuck.

RE: work at home..
By Tony Swash on 12/23/13, Rating: -1
RE: work at home..
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/23/2013 1:38:31 PM , Rating: 3
You are so pathetically desperate to talk up Apple any chance, that you respond to someone who responded to a spambot, and nothing was said about Apple by either of them.


RE: work at home..
By retrospooty on 12/23/13, Rating: 0
RE: work at home..
By Tony Swash on 12/23/13, Rating: -1
RE: work at home..
By retrospooty on 12/23/2013 4:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
That makes him someone that is maiking fun of you in the right context.

Someone replies to spam, joking about hte grammer. You reply to them with your "Apple Apple Apple" Cheese replies to you point out how pathetic you are.

I just ran that up the flagpole... Nope, he's OK, your a company shill.

RE: work at home..
By Tony Swash on 12/24/2013 7:24:01 AM , Rating: 1
So far I am the the only one on topic :)

RE: work at home..
By retrospooty on 12/24/2013 7:44:21 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... Yup. Your "nutty professor" persona is more interesting/entertaining than the actual topic ;)

RE: work at home..
By ven1ger on 12/23/2013 4:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't that make him at least one up on the ladder than you?

Of course, if we look at your posts as pure spam, that'd make him similar to the other poster who responded to the spambot.

Did you have some other reasoning behind your comment other than the school yard retort?

RE: work at home..
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/26/2013 9:42:32 PM , Rating: 1
It makes me less pathetic than you. That's for damn sure.

RE: work at home..
By Angstromm on 12/23/2013 6:08:08 PM , Rating: 2

Everybody is wrong! I'm more pathetic than all of you combined.


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