iPhone Racks Up 100,000 China Mobile Pre-orders

Apple is making a big splash in China -- again. Although the iPhone wonEUt arrive on China MobileEUs network for 18 more days the pre-orders are piling up.

According to Wedge Partners, China Mobile has taken about 100,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 5s and 5c in the first two days of availability alone. That bodes well for the smartphone maker and for its Asian carrier partner.

EUWhatEUs important to remember is these phones launched in September,EU Wedge analyst Brian Blair told AllThingsD. EUNow here we are several months later and thereEUs no subsidy being offered thatEUs so special that the pre-orders are off the charts. If this had been in September when the phone launched globally, I think the numbers would be a lot higher.EU

A Growing Opportunity

Although Apple is already selling into China, the deal with China Mobile could take sales to new heights. China Mobile serves more than 760 million customers. But some analysts warn it might not be an automatic home run.

EUChina is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents us the opportunity to bring iPhone to the customers of the world's largest network,EU said Tim Cook, Apple CEO, when the company announced the partnership. EUiPhone customers in China are an enthusiastic and rapidly growing group, and we canEUt think of a better way to welcome in the Chinese New Year than getting an iPhone into the hands of every China Mobile customer who wants one.EU

China Mobile has more than 1.2 million 2G/GSM, 3G/TD-SCDMA, 4G/TD-LTE base stations and over 4.2 million Wi-Fi access relevant products/services points, providing broad coverage to quality networks for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c customers.

WhatEUs more, China Mobile is rolling out the worldEUs largest 4G network. China Mobile had said that by this time 4G services would be available...

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