The quarterly sales of the Apple iPhone in China have skyrocketed in the recent months, indicating that the numerous examples of negative press it has received have not tempered the desire of Chinese consumers to have the high tech smartphone. Now Apple is squarely focused on increasing its smartphone sales in the biggest market for mobile technological devices on the planet without losing fans to its paywall.Image: Flickr
Last month in China, Apple made a deal with China Telecom Corp, China’s equivalent to AT&T, to sell the iPhone, and sales of the iPhone have increased substantially since. China Telecorm Corp was only the second of the three largest mobile carriers in China to win the privilege of carrying the iPhone on their networks. The biggest mobile carrier in China is China Mobile Ltd, but as of yet, they do not have the necessary technological systems in place to carry the iPhone. They are eager to do so, however, as they have more than 600 million subscribers chomping at the bit.
According to an analyst from the IDC, there has been an eye-opening rise in the number of CDMA compatible iPhones recently sold in China. The most significant factor, according to the analyst, has been Apple Inc’s decision to make a deal with China Telecom so their carrier distribution could be expanded.
Apple decided to market the 3G internationally compatible version of the iPhone via China Unicom while continuing to sell China Telecom the CDMA compatible version. The local 3G standard that China Mobile uses is not yet compatible with the iPhone.
Apple, which is based in Cupertino, California, has been dealing with wave after wave of bad press over the last few years in the largest mobile phone market on the planet, China. Some of the bad press it has received has been due to issues such as the suicides of workers at Foxconn, an Apple supplier, and Chinese environmental groups who stated the U.S. corporation was responsible for polluting the Chinese environment, as well as claims that Apple has violated a number of copyrights and trademarks in China.
However, Apple appears to be getting back on their feet with the latest quarterly reports that indicated that between January and March, sales of the iPhone increased five times over in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. This means Apple’s revenue in the region collectively known as greater China has increased to almost USD $8 billion. Apple has also seen more positive public relations since it struck an agreement with Foxconn to make sure workers at their factories were treated better than they were when the stories of suicide nets broke.
The next goal for Apple in the region is to make the leading carrier in China, China Mobile, one of the official carriers of the iPhone 5, which is slated for release this fall in the third financial quarter. According to analysts from Nomura, Apple’s next main hurdle to overcome will be to find a way to pique the interest of the more than 600 million men and women who are dedicated subscribers to China Mobile. Their profit margins are impressive now, but would be driven to new heights by success with China Mobile.
Apple will also need to focus on ways to keep people from downloading free apps through hacked iPhones, as there is a big market for people interested in iPhone products without paying iPhone prices.
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