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China Mobile notches 33K 'iPhone 6' preorders ahead of official launch

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China Mobile, the world's largest cellular carrier by subscribers, began accepting reservations for Apple's unannounced next-generation iPhone on Tuesday and has subsequently racked up more than 33,000 orders since going live.




Currently limited to customers in Beijing, China Mobile's reservations list went live earlier on Tuesday with order options tentatively confirming 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" iterations, reports China Daily.

Details are scarce and the carrier did not reveal plans to extend the preorder arrangement outside of Beijing or to brick-and-mortar stores. Currently, customers can save their place in line through the company's website and are being asked whether they prefer a 4.7-inch iPhone or 5.5-inch version, both new screen sizes rumored to debut with this year's model.

The move to open online reservations ahead of an official Apple unveiling is not an unusual one for China Mobile, which did the same thing with a network-specific 4G LTE iPhone 5s last year.

With nearly 800 million subscribers, China Mobile is the largest cellular carrier in the world and represents one of Apple's most important partnerships as the iPhone maker looks for untapped growth markets. While a vast majority of customers are still using feature phones, the telecom's 3G subscriber base grew to 238 million in the second quarter of 2014.

China Mobile's potential as a sales driver is perhaps most clearly expressed by the network's 4G LTE boom. When the carrier first rolled out the wireless tech in February, some 1.3 million customers signed on, many of whom switched over from existing 3G plans. In June, China Mobile reported nearly 14 million 4G subscribers, a number that grew to more than 20 million at the end of July.

Apple is expected to official unveil the next iPhone on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at a special media event also rumored to include the so-called "iWatch" wearable device.
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The Apple Peoples Republic of China

I'm not sure that reservations in a line equate to preorders, but as was stated, details are scarce.
Edited by Roake - 9/3/14 at 4:39am
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Reservations are not orders and 33k doesn't really sound a lot , ESPECIALLY for reservations.

 

If it's anything like here (HK) in the past, you reserve it to sell it off later for higher price to make a buck or two.

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What a bunch of thunder-stealing idiots.

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

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Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

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What a bunch of thunder-stealing idiots.

The people doing this may not even know what the new screen sizes are for sure. This is just reserving a place in line, plus a survey about screen size preferences.
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Aren't the Chinese carriers stopping their subsidies for high-end smartphones?  Or at least that what many of the analysts are saying how Apple won't be able to sell many iPhones because consumers won't be able to afford iPhones without the subsidies.  Supposedly Huawei and Xiaomi have the upper hand.  Or more precisely any manufacturer selling low- to mid-range smartphones has more opportunity than Apple to sell smartphones on the major Chinese carriers.  The end of smartphone subsidies is an edict from the Chinese government.

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How in the hell does Apple not have agreements in place that prevents any carriers or retailers from being able to do something like this?

 

And if they do, did those morons at China Mobile violate it?

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Having been in China since 1999, most phones here are unsubsidised and the Chinese middle class is larger than the entire US population. There is a far larger potential market here than anywhere else in the world, and they can and will buy Apple where ever possible, whether it's a month's pay or even two. It's their primary "Bling thing" as most don't have cars, and like the rest of us, the iOS ecosystem is warmly embraced.
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China Mobile, the world's largest cellular carrier by subscribers, began accepting reservations for Apple's unannounced next-generation iPhone on Tuesday and has subsequently racked up more than 33,000 orders since going live.
 
Currently limited to customers in Beijing, China Mobile's reservations list went live earlier on Tuesday with order options tentatively confirming 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" iterations, reports China Daily.

Amazing since the specs aren't out yet, so they are buying blind.

Well of course in China the iPhone6 detailed specs are probably being circulated underground.

 

I have it from a few HK friends, those with  money pick the iPhone as first choice.  It's a must have phone.

post #10 of 10

33K ? China Mobile must have been really disappointed with that.

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