According to China Mobile, it added close to 1.34 million 4G subscribers last month and most of them were iPhone subscribers. While initially it wasn’t clear as to how many of these were actually iPhone sales, the General Manager of the company Li Yue shortly confirmed this.
“We added 1.34 million new 4G users in February and most of them are iPhone users. We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is only available in some major cities,” said the CEO of China Mobile, Xi Gouhua.
The demand for iPhones was along expected lines considering that China Mobile is one of the largest carriers in China with over 776 million subscribers. It is expected that iPhone sales could increase by 15 to 17 million this year with the inclusion of China Mobile to the list of supported iPhone providers.
The carrier has reported a decrease in profits for the first time in 14 years, so this could be a win-win situation for both Apple and China Mobile. It is said that the iPhone 5s has a marketshare of 12% among iOS devices while the iPhone 5c has only 2% with older iPhones and the iPad lineup accounting for rest of the iOS devices.[via Wall Street Journal]