Recently, there have been various news reports about the growing popularity and sales of iPhone in China. With over a billion cell phone users, and still growing, China is a crucial market for Apple in its quest to sell more smartphones.
iPhone has been in Chinese market for a few months.
But it appears to be on the right track. According to a report from Woori Investment and Securities, Apple sold over 6 million handsets in China between January 2012 and March 2012, pushing its smartphone market share in the country up to 19%.
This should be remarkable as Apple enjoyed a mere 8% of China’s smartphone market. But there is still has a lot of work to do if Apple wants to catch up to Samsung, which sells a staggering 28% of the smartphones in China.
The dramatic rise can be attributed to the recent launch of the iPhone 4S on two of China’s larger cell phone carriers. China Unicom started offering the handset in January 2012. China Telecom followed suit just a few months later.
Apple has yet to partner up with the country’s leading carrier, China Mobile. There are rumors that the two companies are negotiating a deal. It seems that incompatible network technology is still a major roadblock.
However, all these things may change with Apple’s next smartphone. Apple is rumored to be using a new Qualcomm chip in the handset that will be compatible with China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network and give it access to more than 600 million wireless customers.
Apple is concentrating on China, very seriously, hoping to sell 35 million iPhone handsets in China, next year.
Source: iDownload Blog