On Wednesday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a rare TV appearance on CNBC to discuss Apple’s deal with the largest mobile carrier in the world: China Mobile. China Mobile has over 700 million subscribers and is now going to be selling the iPhone 5s in the country.
With the company finally signing a deal with the largest carrier in not only China, but the world, Apple will finally be able to boost iPhone sales beyond expectations. Since the iPhone 3G, Apple has brought the iPhone to so many more countries, but this is likely the biggest deal yet. For Apple, China, Japan and other Asian nations are the future of the company.
It finally happend. The Apple China Mobile deal, which has been in discussion for years now, has been finally sealed. Apple has just announced it has reached an agreement with the world’s largest mobile carrier, China Mobile, that will make the arrival of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in mainland China happen on January 17, 2014. Although pricing has not yet been announced, China Mobile will start accepting pre-registrations on December 25, 2013.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Sprint is looking to make an offer to acquire T-Mobile US as Deutsche Telekom AG—which owns majority of T-Mobile US—is planning to leave the U.S. It is unclear if anti-trust regulators will allow the acquisition to go through, as an AT&T attempt at acquiring T-Mobile failed previously. If it is cleared, this means the United States would have only three major carriers: Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
China Mobile—the world’s largest carrier with a subscriber base of over 700m—will begin taking iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c pre-orders on Thursday, December 12th at its website and some locations in Shanghai, according to a report from WSJ. The China Mobile website is intiting potential customers to pre-order iPhone 5s and smartphones from other OEMs with the “4G is here” slogan.
OregonLive has reported that Consumer Cellular, an Oregon-based post-paid carrier, will begin offering the iPhone starting on December 13th. Consumer Cellular is a private mobile operator that has a majority customer base of senior citizens and serves them with a range of options that suit them. Consumer Cellular went ahead with a deal with Apple, primarily because its senior citizen base requested they be able to access their emails and the Internet on their mobile devices.
On Wednesday, research firm Kantar Worldpanel reported that the new iPhone lineup accounted for 76% of October smartphone sales in Japan. The iPhone also accounted for a total of 61% of phones sold on NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest carrier. The carrier received the iPhone for the first time this year and has since seen great success with the iPhone 5s and 5c.
AT&T is selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for $99, down from the current retail price of $199, and is selling the 16GB iPhone 5c for $49, down from $99. Unfortunately, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s sale prices are limited to the 16GB models, as the 32GB iPhone 5s jumps back up to $299.99.
Yesterday, Boost Mobile began carrying the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. For a limited time, the Sprint subsidiary will be selling the iPhone 5s for $549 for the 16GB version—$100 less than its official retail price of $649. But there’s more, as Boost Mobile is offering an extra $100 discount to those who switch from any other carrier. This will bring the price of the iPhone 5s down to $449.99, while the mid-tier iPhone 5c will set you back by $349.99.
Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c seem to be very popular with customers. Last month, Sprint sold a record 1.4 million iPhones in Q3 2013, allowing the company to get closer to profitability for the first time. Now, T-Mobile has reported that it has sold nearly 550,000 iPhones in this third quarter of 2013. The 550,000 iPhones sold account for about 10% of the company’s total 5.6 million smartphone sales. That includes all of the prepaid devices the company sells, as well as MetroPCS branding phones.
If you don’t remember, Boost Mobile announced they will sell the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c without a contract, starting November 8th. Now, the company has unveiled pricing, mentioning it will be $100 less than the official retail price. Boost Mobile is offering the new iPhone 5s 16GB model off-contract for $549 while the new iPhone 5c starts from $449.
Sprint, the nation’s third largest carrier, is finally looking at making profit from the selling the iPhone. The carrier began selling the iPhone in 2011 with the introduction of the iPhone 4s, followed by the 5, and now the 5s. Until now, the company hasn’t really been that close to turning a profit with Apple’s popular smartphone. With Sprint’s Q3 2013 results now out, the carrier is finally approaching profitability with 1.4 million iPhones sales producing $383 million in profits.