Apple has, for a long time, intended to make a more substantial effort to capture the Chinese market, and with both the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s hitting China from the get-go, said this effort is most certainly in motion. To add to this, it would appear that the iPhone 5c and 5s have now passed the mandatory certification to carry radios compliant with China Mobile. Not only is it the largest carrier in China by a considerable distance, but it’s actually the biggest network the world over, and the grand launch should be hitting its 750 million users at some point in the near future. More details can be found right here after the leap.
Not only has Apple struggled to really make the kind of impression it would like on the Chinese market, but all previous attempts to form some kind of partnership with China Mobile have gone down like a lead balloon. This is, without doubt, very significant news for Apple, and aside from the launch of the iPhone 5c and 5s, perhaps the biggest piece of news out of Cupertino all year.
With three quarters of a billion users, the potential reach of the network alone is higher than the general population of most countries, and with a nation seemingly as taken by Apple products as the likes of the United States and much of Europe, today’s deal could be the key to Apple’s potential growth over the next few years.
There was much talk in the lead-up to the iPhone 5c that the cheaper handset would be a key component in Apple’s ongoing quest to tap into emerging markets, and with both the budget model and the new flagship having passed this most essential certification, it shouldn’t be too long before consumers can begin to reap the benefits.
Android continues to dominate throughout much of mainland China thanks to the iPhone’s lack of compatibility with the major networks. Currently, the only way a consumer can use iPhone in China, is if they purchase one unlocked and run it on China Unicom. Today marks the day when the Chinese market was completely shaken-up, and from this, we could see more deals from some of China’s other major players.