Samsung’s smartphone market share more than triple Apple’s share in China

By on March 13, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Samsung’s smartphone market share more than triple Apple’s share in China

Samsung’s market share in the Chinese market is three times larger than Apple’s and still growing, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. The Cupertino-based company recently began to sell its flagship smartphone on the nation’s third largest carrier, China Telecom, in addition China Unicom, which up until recently was the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in China. The new partnership, however, may be too little, too late. “I don’t expect Apple to replace Samsung any time soon,” Gartner analyst Sandy Shen said. “China Telecom is the nation’s smallest carrier, so the extent to which they can help Apple is quite limited.” Read on for more. More →

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China Telecom launches iPhone 4S after taking 200,000 pre-orders

By on March 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM.

China Telecom launches iPhone 4S after taking 200,000 pre-orders

China’s third largest carrier, China Telecom, launched the iPhone 4S on Friday. The popular smartphone starts at free on contract for the 16GB model and is available at 2,850 of the carrier’s retail locations. According to M.I.C. gadget, Apple’s smartphone received an astonishing 200,000 pre-orders, with orders in Beijing and Shanghai exceeded 10,000 and 20,000 units, respectively. China Telecom has 129 million subscribers and operates the largest CDMA network in China. The carrier is the second, behind China Unicom, to offer the iPhone China. More →

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China Mobile has over 15 million iPhone users, all 15 million didn’t buy them from China Mobile

By on March 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM.

China Mobile has over 15 million iPhone users, all 15 million didn’t buy them from China Mobile

China Mobile, the largest mobile carrier in the world, still does not have an agreement with Apple to sell the company’s iPhone its 655 million customers. Despite that, the company has announced that it has surpassed 15 million iPhone users on China Mobile’s network, Sina Tech reported on Monday. The carrier has added more than five million users since October, a rate of more than 35,000 users per day. Those customers can use text, voice and only 2G data, however China Mobile has built out a nationwide Wi-Fi network to make up for its 3G shortcomings. Apple’s exclusive deal with China Unicom is coming to an end as the nation’s third largest operator, China Telecom, will begin selling the iPhone 4S on Friday. Analysts at Morgan Stanley predicted earlier this year that if a deal with China Mobile were reached, the carrier could sell an additional 60 million devices by the end of 2013. More →

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iPhone 4S launches on China Telecom next month

By on February 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM.

iPhone 4S launches on China Telecom next month

Major Chinese carrier China Telecom announced this week that it will begin selling Apple’s iPhone 4S on March 9th. The popular smartphone will start at free on contract for China Telecom subscribers, and it will be available for purchase online and through authorized retailers. “iPhone 4S has been an incredible hit with customers around the world,” an Apple spokesperson told The Loop. “We’re thrilled to be launching iPhone 4S with China Telecom and can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers in China.” Apple’s entrance into the Chinese market began with the iPhone’s launch on China Unicom, but this new China Telecom deal is seen as potentially having a huge impact on Apple’s position in the region. China Telecom currently has more than 130 million subscribers on its network, making it even bigger than Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the United States. More →

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Apple could sell as many as 40 million iPhones in China next year

By on January 30, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

Apple could sell as many as 40 million iPhones in China next year

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty believes Apple will partner up with both China Telecom and China Mobile over the next year, and will eventually make the iPhone available on all three Chinese carriers, reports Apple Insider. The move could bring sales of the popular handset to as many as 40 million units in 2013 alone. The iPhone is currently only offered by China Unicom, the nation’s second largest carrier. Through this partnership, Huberty believes Apple can only reach 10% of the 150 million “high-end Chinese subscribers” in the country. China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier, holds the majority of the country’s high-end subscribers with an estimated 120 million customers, with the final 10% of high-end subscribers carried by China Telecom, the third-largest carrier in China. Huberty also believes Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone is likely to be compatible with China Mobile’s upcoming 4G TD-LTE network, although she notes it is “still too early to know for sure.” Morgan Stanley expects the next-generation iPhone to launch in the third quarter this year — BGR reported last month that Apple will launch a redesigned iPhone this fall — and the firm believes China Mobile will release the new iPhone in late 2012 or early 2013. More →

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Thousands line up for iPhone 4S launch in China

By on January 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM.

Thousands line up for iPhone 4S launch in China

In eight hours, Apple’s iPhone will touch down in China for the first official time. Thousands have already lined up outside of Apple Stores, and in Beijing and Shanghai locations, there are hundreds of people waiting in the hopes of getting their hands on the iPhone 4S. The image above was posted on Twitter on January 10th, three days before the highly-anticipated smartphone’s launch. China Unicom is the only carrier set to offer the iPhone 4S, with both the 16GB and 32GB models free with a two and three-year agreements. In the future, the device is also expected to land on China Telecom, the nation’s third largest wireless carrier. More →

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China Telecom readying $235M iPhone 5 ad blitz; pre-orders start end of September

By on September 14, 2011 at 6:25 PM.

China Telecom readying $235M iPhone 5 ad blitz; pre-orders start end of September

China’s No. 3 wireless carrier is readying a massive marketing and advertising blitz as it prepares to begin taking iPhone 5 pre-orders at the end of this month, a report claims. Chinese-language daily newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily on Wednesday reported that China Telecom has already begun training staff in preparation for the launch of Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone handset. Sales of the device will begin in October, however the carrier will reportedly be opening pre-order sales toward the end of September. Southern Metropolis Daily also notes that China Telecom may increase the subsidy it offers on the new Apple smartphone in an effort to bump sales, and the carrier is also rumored to be prepping a 1.5 billion yuan ($235 million) marketing and advertising campaign surrounding the iPhone 5. With the country’s top carrier, China Mobile, expected to offer the iPhone 5 as well this fall, China Telecom’s aggressive strategy should do well to help bolster sales. More →

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IPhone 5 and 'simplified iPhone 4' both due out this fall, report claims

By on August 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM.

IPhone 5 and 'simplified iPhone 4' both due out this fall, report claims

Apple plans to launch two new iPhone models this fall according to a new report: an iPhone 5 and a new “simplified iPhone 4.” In a note to investors on Wednesday, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White cites a Chinese-language report from Sohu.com in stating that Apple and China Telecom have reached a preliminary agreement. The site reports that the leading Chinese carrier will launch two distinctly different iPhone models beginning as early as the end of October — an iPhone 5 and a retooled, less expensive iPhone 4. According to White, the new iPhone 4 model could be “a more economical version of iPhone to target a broader customer base in developing countries such as China, allowing for an expanded market opportunity.” In fact, a new high-end model and a less expensive iPhone 4 could combine to create a long-term $68 billion opportunity through China Telecom alone, the analyst wrote. White reiterated his Buy rating on Apple stock, and he maintains his 12-month price target of $666.

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China Telecom to offer iPhone this year

By on July 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM.

China Telecom to offer iPhone this year

China Telecom will offer the iPhone to its 106 million subscribers this year, Reuters reported on Wednesday. China Unicom has been the exclusive iPhone seller in the country since 2009, but China Telecom will introduce an iPhone model on its CDMA network in November according to the report. The launch date implies that the carrier will carry Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5, which is rumored to be thinner and lighter than the current model. China Mobile, the third of China’s big three wireless carriers, is also expected to introduce the iPhone 5 in September. More →

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