Why is Apple’s anticipated deal with China’s largest carrier, China Mobile such a big deal? Because the number of people using Apple’s handset on the carrier’s network is already at a mind-boggling 42 million users. And that’s without China Mobile ever officially selling even one iPhone!
Up to now, China Mobile iPhone users in the network has reached 42 million, which has exceeded the U.S. AT & T and Verizon combined sales of the two operators …
None of those 42 million iPhones were subsidized by the carrier. Now, try to imagine how many handsets China Mobile will add to its network once it officially offers the device. Massive potential.
Chinese regulators recently signed off on the license Apple needed to officially sell the iPhone on China Mobile, now we’re just waiging for the official word on a formal agreement between the Cupertino firm and China’s largest carrier.
Analyst Chris Withmore of Deutsche Bank recently predicted a recent deal with Japan’s largest wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo, and the probable deal with China Mobile could drive an additional 35 million handset sales in the calendar year 2014.