Earlier, we came across a report of Foxconn shipping 1.4 million units of the Apple iPhone 5S to China Mobile, in anticipation of the network operator’s launching of the iPhones in China. China Mobile is the largest network operator in the world. The rumour is now fact, as China has confirmed making multimillion orders of the iPhone 5S and 5C.
According to the Wall Street Journal, China Mobile’s Chairman, Xi Guohua, confirmed the network operator’s multimillion iPhone orders. He also made it very clear their launching of the iPhones will be successful.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said, “As of this weekend we will be selling iPhones in more than 3,000 additional locations. China Mobile already has a reach to many cities that Apple does not have a reach to.”
Does this mean the Chinese will get their hands on the iPhone cheaper than we do? No. Cook said, “Apple has always been about making the best products, not the most products, so that's always our North Star and that's not going to change ever.”
Speaking about the partnership between Apple and China Mobile, Cook said, “We've gotten to know each other....today is a beginning, and I think there are lots more things our companies can do together in the future.”
Analysts said that the future of the iPhone in China is questionable due to its dwindling popularity. So it remains to be seen if the iPhone will be a success in the country, especially with more Android choices landing in the hands of the Chinese consumer.
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