China Mobile: Half of All LTE Subscribers are iPhone Users

China Mobile: Half of All LTE Subscribers are iPhone Users

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China Mobile is the world's largest cellular provider and hovers around 780 million subscribers. After years of negotiations, Apple was finally able to strike a deal with the company that would bring the popular iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to the carrier.

Today, CEO Li Yue revealed that about half of their 2.8 million 4G LTE subscribers are iPhone users. While this number is small in comparison to the 780 million users on their network, it does show that the iPhone is coming out as the preferred brand for Chinese customers transitioning from older devices to newer 'feature' phones.

The CEO did not reveal how many 3G customers were using iPhones. According to analysts, Apple sold three million iPhones in China in just the previous quarter, hinting that most iPhone buyers have yet to move to LTE contracts. In February alone, China Mobile added 1 million iPhone customers.

Apple has been trying to push its presence in China for a while now. Angela Ahrendts, Apple's new retail senior VP is reportedly amping up the company's retail presence in the area and plans on expanding its retail footprint from 10 retail stores to 30 stores by 2016.

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China Mobile: Half of All LTE Subscribers are iPhone Users

Vueapp - May 23, 2014 at 4:11am
Nobody cares about apple in china. What apple needs to do is advertising. And i don't mean for the 5c which they heavily advertise for. What a flop. Chinese are total bonkers on Korean dramas. Guess what the actors are using. Samsung. Apple needs to buy their way into these shows which maybe be a hard task as samsung is a Korean brand. Basically North American market is saturated. Every 2 years people will upgrade their iPhones on their carrier. Apple needs some growth, which is why they are pushing hard in china, an emerging market. The thing is people here just need low and mid price phones. It's good enough. And because most to all people buy their phone straight out full price then the sticker shock is big. I don't think apple should try to compete with the low price smartphones. It's a premium brand company. It needs to win back the growing middle class who purchase premium brands. Apple needs to understand the culture. Before apple was a status symbol. Not anymore.
Fukjohn Rah - May 22, 2014 at 10:23pm
Guess they're helping end the hunger on fandroid fanboys turning them around. lol