Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities recently report that Apple is looking to manufacture a TDD-LTE iPhone that would support China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier. Between that and the low cost of the iPhone 5C, a new report from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty suggests Apple could overtake Samsung to become the number one smartphone vendor in China with the iPhone 5C launch.
What the Chinese consumers want is an affordable smartphone, and the survey reveals that they consider $486 (RMB 4,000) to be an acceptable price for a low-end iPhone 5C, which is slightly higher than the price of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC One Mini. As rumors have mentioned, the price of the iPhone 5C could come in between $400 to $500.
The turning point for Apple in China would be the collaboration with China Mobile. It’s the largest carrier in China (as well as the world), and the survey reveals that 29% of the customers would go for an iPhone if it is compatible with the 3G and 4G networks of China Mobile. We have seen reports in the past that mentioned Apple’s CEO Tim Cook meeting with the officials of China Mobile to discuss the availability of iPhone on the world’s largest carrier.
Huberty thinks Apple would increase its market share by almost 13 percentage points by releasing the iPhone 5C in China and another 6 percentage points if they manage to strike a deal with China Mobile.
Apple is expected to unveil the alleged iPhone 5C along with iPhone 5S in early September.