China Mobile has announced sales figures of 4G smartphones for February, stating that the majority of the 1.34 million LTE devices sold were iPhones. Most industry commentators agree that the number adds up to about 1 million iPhone devices moved by the carrier.
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How is the iPhone faring on China Mobile?

china-mobileChina Mobile has announced sales figures of 4G smartphones for February, stating that the majority of the 1.34 million LTE devices sold were iPhones. Most industry commentators agree that the number adds up to about 1 million iPhone devices moved by the carrier during the month.

China Mobile launched the iPhone in mid-January amid predictions that the carrier’s 750 million subscribers could help to add as many as 15 to 30 million sales to Apple’s bottom line. The 1 million figure, though it accounts for only one month, jives with the lower limit of the range. It marks a reasonable addition but gives little reason for Apple or investors to get too excited.

Apple is still banking on China Mobile to help expand their footprint in the carrier’s namesake nation. As the last of China’s major carriers (but largest) to carry Apple’s smartphone, the partnership offers high potential. Fledgling 4G coverage might be part of the reason for slower than expected adoption, but China Mobile’s LTE is expected to grow in reach as the year moves ahead.

Despite what some would call disappointing numbers, recent estimates by one analyst see Apple outperforming itself year over year, moving 42 million iPhone globally by the end of the quarter. If this pans out, China Mobile can no doubt be given some of the credit, but number are still a long way from where Apple would like them to be.

[via WSJ]

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