For years, no deal has been made between China Mobile and Apple, but in the interests of stopping Android spreading and making sure they connect with the largest market in the world, they have made a deal where China Mobile will sell iPhones in their stores, both online and in mortar.
To put the deal into perspective, China Mobile currently has 760 million subscribers, that almost double the amount Vodafone has and they operate in a huge amount of countries and have a vast empire of carriers and services.
Not only do people in China really want iPhones, there have been companies like GooPhone built off the back of the demand for anything that even looks like an iPhone. Now that the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S are available, we are sure to see Apple’s Q1 2014 report looking quite swish.
This is not the first time it has taken a long time for Apple to make a deal, for almost half a decade T-Mobile didn’t have any iPhones on their US store and have never been able to truly grab the big portion of the US mobile market, whereas AT&T and Verizon Wireless have grown with Apple’s support.
One of the big things Apple has been able to do is keep the iPhone from having any bloatware installed by carriers and they have kept their hardware without any carrier marks, something Android partners have failed to do time and time again, even adding in their own bloatware.
The iPhone 5C should be a hit in China, the flashy colors and cheaper price tag will appeal to the many who love Apple, but with over one million workers at Foxconn, that means 1 in 760 people that could grab and iPhone could have almost made the phone.