China Mobile Receives 100,000 iPhone Preorders In 2 Days

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The iPhone won’t officially launch on China Mobile until January 17, but the world’s largest mobile carrier has already begun accepting preorders for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

In terms of numbers, analysts Wedge Partners place the preorder figure at around 100,000 for the first two days of availability.

While this is certainly a sizable figure, it is worth noting that it is less than the number of preorders racked up by smaller carriers China Unicom (120,000) and China Telecom (150,000) when they took preorders for the devices back in September — as well as a tiny fraction of the overall 763 million customer base of China Mobile.

Before people start panicking however (something certain individuals are inclined to do when it comes to Apple’s dealings with China Mobile) it is worth noting two things.

First of all, these are early figures based on a single estimate. Secondly, the iPhone 5s and 5c are two months old now — while China Mobile isn’t offering any substantial savings to set it apart from its rivals.

According to Wedge Partners, China Mobile’s iPhone subsidies are similar to China Telecom’s and slightly higher than China Unicom’s.

One thing’s for sure: Apple’s continued expansion in Asia is going to be one of the big stories to follow in 2014.

  • richard5832

    This weirdly incoherent story will not die, a good example of a Twitter-amplified $aapl-bashing “patho-meme.”

    Chitra Nawbatt (@chitranawbatt) of BNN has reported that China Mobile received 1 million pre-orders after 1 day, and over 2 million after several days.

    Even before the Dec 22 announcement of the deal, the company had already accumulated over 80,000 pre-orders for Beijing alone, a city that constitutes less than 1.4% of China’s population.

    The 100,000 estimate is quite curious.

    http://watch.bnn.ca/business-day/business-day-am-december-2013/business-day-am-december-27-2013/#clip1061614

  • Market_Mayhem

    From what I’ve read, there haven’t been any subsidies or prices announced so I think it would be important to wait for those figures first. I know everyone is sure that the iPhone is going to be a big flop on China Mobile but it’s too soon to tell with over a half a month to go before actual sales start. These analysts get so antsy and can’t wait for any concrete numbers from an official source.

  • lakerice

    Third, millions of China Mobile subscribers are already using iPhones.

  • rcloud

    I think the preorder number is only for Beijing.

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