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Photos: Customers line up for long-awaited China Mobile launch of Apple's iPhone

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Thousands of Chinese consumers descended on China Mobile stores across the Middle Kingdom Friday as the iPhone made its official debut on the world's largest wireless carrier.

iPhone launches on China Mobile


Friday's launch marked the culmination of years of stop-and-start negotiations between Apple and China Mobile, the last of China's three state-owned wireless telecommunications companies to gain access to Cupertino's handset. Joining the crowds to celebrate the occasion in Beijing were Apple CEO Tim Cook and China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua --?the duo autographed ten handsets given to contest winners from across the nation.

Neither company has commented thus far on first-day sales, though they are expected to be brisk. China Mobile is said to have received "millions" of iPhone pre-orders following the partnership's announcement.

The photos below were collated by Singapore-based Flickr user jnaina and first spotted by Fortune's Philip Elmer-Dewitt.

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iPhone launches on China Mobile


iPhone launches on China Mobile


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But The New York Times said only a dozen showed up. What a terribly negative and biased article.
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The New York Times is reporting that only 12 people showed up to buy iPhones at the Beijing store where Tim Cook was present. This can't be right, can it?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/18/technology/apples-latest-foray-into-china-gets-a-weak-response.html?hp&_r=0
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NYT probably went to a counterfeit Apple store. Frak the grey lady!

So much for "fairly crowded" to be a negative.
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Meanwhile on MacRumors front page is a click bait article from Digitimes claiming Apple is rushing a larger sized iPad to market because of what Samsung announced at CES. Thank you AI. 1smile.gif
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Meanwhile on MacRumors front page is a click bait article from Digitimes claiming Apple is rushing a larger sized iPad to market because of what Samsung announced at CES. Thank you AI. 1smile.gif

Ha! "Click bait" reminds me of a middle manager at Apple (who will remain unnamed) giving a presentation on the Mac's "click and point" UI 1biggrin.gif
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The New York Times is reporting that only 12 people showed up to buy iPhones at the Beijing store where Tim Cook was present. This can't be right, can it?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/18/technology/apples-latest-foray-into-china-gets-a-weak-response.html?hp&_r=0

 

It looks like 2 dozen customers and 3 dozen people from the media.

 

Maybe it was controlled knowing that Cook and Guohua would be there.

 

Photos that I've seen in other parts show lines of people... but nothing like you see in the US... but the phones have been reserved, so you would expect the crowds to be less.


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It's called warped reality. NYT states, and I quote, "at the opening of A store in Beijing", they don't specifically say the store Tim Cook was at had a poor showing. Just one of the stores did.

Very slippery, twisted, ham-handed journalism..

Makes sense that other stores in the area would have a lower turnout, everyone headed to the store with Tim Cook in it. Duh.
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It looks like 2 dozen customers and 3 dozen people from the media.

Maybe it was controlled knowing that Cook and Guohua would be there.

Photos that I've seen in other parts show lines and people... but nothing like you see in the US... but the phones have been reserved, so you would expect the crowds to be less.
Of course it was controlled. You can't have two high-powered executives in the middle of a madhouse - it's just not safe.
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It looks like 2 dozen customers and 3 dozen people from the media.

Maybe it was controlled knowing that Cook and Guohua would be there.

Photos that I've seen in other parts show lines and people... but nothing like you see in the US... but the phones have been reserved, so you would expect the crowds to be less.
Why should there be lines when the phones were available for pre-order? Why are so many trying to to be negative about Apple in China?
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Jiangsu TV reports iPhone 5S/5C sales are hot.  One local CM store in Shanghai sold 70 in the morning.  Another sold 120. Video shows line lines before a store opens.

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F the media, F Wall Street, DOES NOT ANYONE UNDERSTAND APPLE KICKS MAJOR ASS in all aspects from Software to Hardware.

NO ONE IS BETTER THAN APPLE.....NO ONE.

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Why should there be lines when the phones were available for pre-order? Why are so many trying to to be negative about Apple in China?

 

Why are you asking me these questions?

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First Question, when have we seen long lines at any service provider store in the US after a launch, all the crowds were usually at an apple store not the cell phone store. Why is this the case, Apple has fraction of stores than the service providers have. In NYC there is 3 Apple stores, how many stores does AT&T and VZ have in NYC, a couple of dozen each.

 

I suspect the same is true in China, the service provides have way more stores than Apple. The crowd at any one store are not going to be that great.

 

Typical media making news into what they want to say not what really is happening.

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There are iPhones via other carriers, not exclusive deal. why excitement? I read somewhere Asian and the rest of world prefer bigger screen, that is why Samsung and others are gaining ground so fast. Of course price is an issue too.
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Of course it was controlled. You can't have two high-powered executives in the middle of a madhouse - it's just not safe.

it is china, it is not dangerous no one is allow to step out of line in public. Plus what could anyone do there, they are not allow to own dangerous weapons like here in the states. Yeah I know once in a while they have a crazy person trying to stab people with a rice cutter.

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I understand Apple had to order another "Apple is Doomed" coffin because the previous one had so many nails in it they couldn't fit in the latest New York Times nail.

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Why should there be lines when the phones were available for pre-order? Why are so many trying to to be negative about Apple in China?

 

They are negative because this is Annual Options Expiration today.  They want the price down to 540-550 area. PERIOD.

 

The Wall ST Journal/NY Times hacks are getting paid by Call option sellers to write BS.  PERIOD.

 

Apple should really stand up to this BS and buy 1,000,000 shares during the last 5 minutes of trading to jack up the price over $560 and screw these Wall Street crooks.  That would only take about $560,000,000 which is small changed compared to the $60B buyback.

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There are iPhones via other carriers, not exclusive deal. why excitement? I read somewhere Asian and the rest of world prefer bigger screen, that is why Samsung and others are gaining ground so fast. Of course price is an issue too.

Bigger? Yet the S4 sales decline... China Mobile has 732 MILLION subscribers: a huge market so offering iPhones that are compatible with their fasted network is a relatively big deal. Price isn't an issue to the successful of China, of which there are many, the service cost is always the larger issue as well.

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Way to GO Apple !!!
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One metric which is jumping out at me today is the iPhone 5s usage data as reported by Fiksu, which leverages its sdk-imbedded tracking data of app use, filtered to count unique devices.  http://www.fiksu.com/iOS-7-iPhone-5s-5c-Usage-Tracker 

 

Today (1/17, 12:30pm est) is day 119 of iPhone 5s availability, and Fiksu reports that 13.43% of all iPhones in use are the 5s. That metric represents a 0.7% gap up from a 12.7% reading at the end of yesterday's (day 118) collection. This is notable in that the only other upward gap in the graph over the 119 days was the one seen on 12/25, Christmas day, and it was only a 0.6% jump. From this metric, the impact of China Mobile's launch was better than that of Christmas Day.....

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They are negative because this is Annual Options Expiration today.  They want the price down to 540-550 area. PERIOD.

 

The Wall ST Journal/NY Times hacks are getting paid by Call option sellers to write BS.  PERIOD.

 

Apple should really stand up to this BS and buy 1,000,000 shares during the last 5 minutes of trading to jack up the price over $560 and screw these Wall Street crooks.  That would only take about $560,000,000 which is small changed compared to the $60B buyback.

Do you seriously think anyone who trades large blocks of Apple shares gets their investment advice from the NYT? Why would Apple want to get involved with trying to manipulate their own stock. That would just be PR suicide.

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Did they "gain access" to the iPhone, or did the iPhone gain access to them?
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Do you seriously think anyone who trades large blocks of Apple shares gets their investment advice from the NYT? Why would Apple want to get involved with trying to manipulate their own stock. That would just be PR suicide.

 

Its not large block traders.  Its the Market Makers who sell calls.  They are buying and selling shares to each other to drive the price down.  This happens all the time during OPEX and especially during Annual OPEX.  If the price went to $560-$570 these call sellers would get burned big time.

 

If Apple bought shares near the end of close would not equate to manipulation.  Its called DEFENDING the stock.  Its called BUYING LOW.  They have already stated they are buying back $60B.  Its no ones business when and how much they buy the stock for.

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New York Times is pathetic. Retraction coming? Probably not
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That NYT article is the BIGGEST CROCK OF SHIT LIES I have read in a while! Why do I say this? LOOK AT THE PHOTOS BEING TAKEN FROM THE MASSIVE LINES!!! The iPhone launch on CM is a huge success, and TONS of people are lining up by the droves to get one!

 

One of the photos really makes me giggle, where there's a CM outlet with a massive lineup, right next to a deserted Samsung outlet LOL!

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I think the NYT article is a little more realistic, all of the pictures from twitter/instagram/etc are mostly unconfirmed and speculative (especially the one of a long line outside of who knows where and who knows when).

 

To be honest, I'm not sure why lines should be expected at all.

 

1) The iPhone 5S has been been available for months on other carriers

2) China Mobile's pricing doesn't seem to be as competitive

3) China Mobile's LTE network isn't even close to being rolled out

 

The only reason anyone would show up is to see Tim Cook and CM's CEO.

 

Am I missing something?

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WTF man. Stock is down $11 after iPhone starts to sell on the largest carrier in the world.  Over 1,000,000 presales and tons of pictures with people waiting in line.

 

So WSJ and NY Times both post total BS articles.

 

How much more obvious can the manipulation be?  Is it a coincidence that its yearly Options Expiration?  And the closer the price gets to $535 the more the Market Makers will make?  Total BS.

 

Apple needs to defend it stock and make a 1,000,000 share buy right before close to push this to $560 and give a big FU to the market makers. 

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I think the NYT article is a little more realistic, all of the pictures from twitter/instagram/etc are mostly unconfirmed and speculative (especially the one of a long line outside of who knows where and who knows when).

 

To be honest, I'm not sure why lines should be expected at all.

 

1) The iPhone 5S has been been available for months on other carriers

2) China Mobile's pricing doesn't seem to be as competitive

3) China Mobile's LTE network isn't even close to being rolled out

 

The only reason anyone would show up is to see Tim Cook and CM's CEO.

 

Am I missing something?

 

4) CM sales of the iPhone were pre-sold via reservation system

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I think the NYT article is a little more realistic, all of the pictures from twitter/instagram/etc are mostly unconfirmed and speculative (especially the one of a long line outside of who knows where and who knows when).

 

To be honest, I'm not sure why lines should be expected at all.

 

1) The iPhone 5S has been been available for months on other carriers

2) China Mobile's pricing doesn't seem to be as competitive

3) China Mobile's LTE network isn't even close to being rolled out

 

The only reason anyone would show up is to see Tim Cook and CM's CEO.

 

Am I missing something?


 1,000,000+ preorders

 

Tons of people prefer ChinaMobile to the other carriers

 

Some of the pictures are from CNBC and other news correspodence.  Do you seriously think they would post fake pics?  WTF

 

NY times claims there were only a dozen people yet the provide no PROOF at all.  Bunch of BS that are getting paid by Wall Street options sellers

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I think the NYT article is a little more realistic, all of the pictures from twitter/instagram/etc are mostly unconfirmed and speculative (especially the one of a long line outside of who knows where and who knows when).

 

To be honest, I'm not sure why lines should be expected at all.

 

1) The iPhone 5S has been been available for months on other carriers

2) China Mobile's pricing doesn't seem to be as competitive

3) China Mobile's LTE network isn't even close to being rolled out

 

The only reason anyone would show up is to see Tim Cook and CM's CEO.

 

Am I missing something?

 

You missed on thing.  CM has over 600 million customers.  A 600 people line is only 0.0001% of its customers. 

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New York Times is pathetic. Retraction coming? Probably not

Highly unlikely, Sammy doesn't pay for retractions. Even if the NYT did, it'll be on page 30 of section J.
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There are iPhones via other carriers, not exclusive deal. why excitement? I read somewhere Asian and the rest of world prefer bigger screen, that is why Samsung and others are gaining ground so fast. Of course price is an issue too.

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You missed on thing.  CM has over 600 million customers.  A 600 people line is only 0.0001% of its customers. 

And a 7,632,960 person line would be only 1%. Probably why they do reservations eh?

 

From their webpage:      
As of 30 Nov, 2013 Customer Base ( in thousands )
Total Customers 763,296
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That NYT article is the BIGGEST CROCK OF SHIT LIES I have read in a while! Why do I say this? LOOK AT THE PHOTOS BEING TAKEN FROM THE MASSIVE LINES!!! The iPhone launch on CM is a huge success, and TONS of people are lining up by the droves to get one!



One of the photos really makes me giggle, where there's a CM outlet with a massive lineup, right next to a deserted Samsung outlet LOL!





The NYT is dying as most newspapers are. They can't afford to send reporters to even one CM, China location.



Of course CM controlled the crowd push where those Apple and CM execs were.



Also I read the iPhones at CM were preordered and the buyers were given a time to arrive for pickup.



 



Nothing like a NYC iPhone roll out zoo, where many sit out all night to get the first iPhone



and many were street people buying for cash



  then only  getting pennies  to turn them over to buyers making a kiling selling them in China.

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There are iPhones via other carriers, not exclusive deal. why excitement? I read somewhere Asian and the rest of world prefer bigger screen, that is why Samsung and others are gaining ground so fast. Of course price is an issue too.


The Samsung slightly larger screen is of little advantage. The disadvantage is holding it and slipping it into a small pocket.

It just takes a slight effort to rotate the iPhone screen 90°.

Apple was smart to just add a bit of length to the iPhone5, it still fits smaller hands easily.

In my traveIs frequently see ladies (mostly Korean) holding the larger Samsung phones with two hands.

 

Yes the Samsung and other phones are often being sold at a lower down payment.

In fact for some other phones they pay you to take them off their hands- $0 down with a credit.

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A muted beginning to sales of Apple's iPhone through China Mobile.

By Eric P Fanner Jan 17, 2014. The New York Times.

"A hint of the challenges was apparent on Friday, when customers were finally able to buy iPhones from China Mobile. At a store in Beijing, only about a dozen customers showed up to buy iPhones, despite the appearance of Timothy D. Cook, Apple%u2019s chief executive. It was a far cry from the long lines that usually accompany a big introduction in the United States"

How on earth that The New York Times publish the untrue article of Mr Eric P Fanner?
We wait the apology letter from The NYT.
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Understand the TIMES cultural history. Their hatred for Apple as a long-time symbol of counter-culture is only surpassed by Cold Warrior hatred of China.

It's a twofer for editorial policy.
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