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Chinese mobile networks incompatible with iPhone and iPad

While Apple certainly hasn't been struggling in the U.S. and global markets, Nokia, Samsung, and Huawei are outpacing the iPhone maker in China.

The reason? The Chinese networks can't "fully support" the iPhone and iPad. 

China Mobile Ltd. is the largest of the country's three state-owned major telecoms, boasting 600 million subscribers. However, its network (TD-SCDMA) is not compatible with the iPhone. Apple would need to tailor its flagship mobile device to China Mobile's network, but first the two companies must reach a partnership agreement. Easier said than done.

There's also the fact that the majority of Chinese mobile subscribers use their devices exclusively for voice and messaging.

"Only about a tenth of China's almost 1 billion mobile phone subscribers use 3G," Reuters reports.

Considering China is now the world's largest smartphone market, the stakes are high. 

But all blame cannot be cast on the telecoms, either. Apple still offers a relatively limited number of iPhone models and it offers little flexibility on pricing for carriers and customers.
So Apple's own limited appeal is also a hurdle. Still, the iPhone is flying off the shelves. It’s just not happening as fast as its more diverse competitors. 

While the numbers aren't quite there yet, there's certainly a demand for the device in China. Apple's five flagship stores in Shanghai and Beijing are reporting brisk sales of the iPhone, and there are even fake stores that "look eerily like the real thing." 

The market is there, it just comes back to that pesky little carrier problem.

If Apple could come an agreement with China Mobile, whose 4G TD-LTE network is expected to be running by late next year or early 2013, the company would likely see its sales figures rise. Until then, the other guys win.

Source: Reuters

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Nokia is on a roll
By Gungel on 12/16/2011 7:51:35 AM , Rating: 4
Nice to hear Nokia is selling well again. Looks like the WP7.5 Lumia 800 is doing well in Europe too. For two weeks it's now the best selling smart phone in 4 European countries (Netherlands, France, UK and Sweden). So hopefully the US launch of the Lumia 800 and soon to be announced 900 will be best sellers too. I can't wait to get my hands on the Lumia 900.

RE: Nokia is on a roll
By Denigrate on 12/16/2011 10:09:14 AM , Rating: 3
That's because Nokia hardware kicks arse! The Lumia 800 will likely be my next phone.

RE: Nokia is on a roll
By Omega215D on 12/16/2011 10:20:45 AM , Rating: 2
People in that part of the world are very familiar with Nokia. It was just a lackluster offering in the US which I hope would be different this time around. I look forward to the WP7 Lumia phones or any MeeGo phones they may release, especially if it's available for Verizon (which used to offer Nokia basic phones in the past).

RE: Nokia is on a roll
By Denigrate on 12/16/2011 12:21:43 PM , Rating: 2
I had high hopes for Meego, but I'm not sure they'll offere any further phones after the N9 for Meego. I have a N900, and had the original Nokia 770 internet tablet. The Maemo OS is great, too bad it didn't take off. It's the most fluid phone OS I've seen.

RE: Nokia is on a roll
By Omega215D on 12/16/2011 9:29:33 PM , Rating: 2
I'm fine with WP7 as long as there's carrier penetration, otherwise it might turn out to be like the Zune line (Zune HD was awesome). I would buy a Lumia 800 in a heart beat if it came out for Verizon, it doesn't need LTE as long as it has multiband GSM included as a minimum.

I was interested in Maemo OS but it appears that with the MS partnership those other OSes will not be making it to the US and limited elsewhere in the world.

By mmncs on 12/16/2011 11:51:11 AM , Rating: 4
In Denmark a survey conducted by OMD, has just showed an increase of 89% selling their used iPhone not buying another compared to last year. OMD concludes that here in Denmark people are bored with the iPhone not coming with anything new, but a mere upgrade.

The article can be found here, but it is in danish:

Only a tenth...
By hankw on 12/16/2011 8:12:02 AM , Rating: 2
"Only about a tenth of China's almost 1 billion mobile phone subscribers use 3G," Reuters reports.

So "only" 100 million subscriber use 3G? The quote makes it seem to little.... :)

Don 't count your chickens before they're hatched
By Tony Swash on 12/16/11, Rating: -1
By Gio6518 on 12/16/2011 11:05:00 AM , Rating: 2
nice post from an Apple propaganda site.....LOL

By muhahaaha on 12/16/2011 11:13:23 AM , Rating: 3
People on this site are generally knowledgeable and well informed and don't like iTools like you trolling. I don't know what you have up your butt, but please stfu with your nonsense. I've seen a lot of your posts, and you often have some good things to say when your not touting your iReligion.

By omnicronx on 12/16/2011 11:29:32 AM , Rating: 3
Stop posting your propaganda Tony, nobody wants to hear it.

According to third quarter results, not some survey of 2000 users in China, Nokia controls 28% of the smartphone market, HTC sits at around 24%, and Apple controls around 20%.

Whats funny is your article flat out claims that six months ago, that 'future' demand was holding at around 30% for the iPhone, even though Q3 results came nowhere even close.

By karlostomy on 12/18/2011 9:55:17 AM , Rating: 1
Stop the press!
Tony Swash has outdone even himself with yet another blind appeal to authority.

The content that he posted was published by none other than... wait for it... Morgan Stanley!

Unfortunately this does nothing to explain why Tony posted an out of date report that, back then, painted a far brighter picture of Macintosh's future in China than what has actually been realized.

How weird that Tony's post made no reference to the fact that Morgan Stanley got their prediction somewhat wrong.

Has anyone else noticed that when Tony's logic fails, he predictably makes a blind appeal to authority?

By Cheesew1z69 on 12/18/2011 10:52:58 AM , Rating: 2
You mean almost every post? Yes, everyone notices.

By Gio6518 on 12/18/2011 10:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
You mean like posting old stats when ipad had 98% of the market, and not current stats where they're already down to 62% never noticed.....

By Cheesew1z69 on 12/16/2011 1:46:00 PM , Rating: 1
iTroll, new term for you.

By themaster08 on 12/17/2011 4:34:16 AM , Rating: 1
I could post many an article that users are becoming bored of the iPhone brand. So what?

Perhaps you should give the Nokia Lumia 800 a try. It's actually quite a stunning device. It might help to open your sewn up eyes to a more fruitful world. A world of great products and choice. You won't regret it.

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