Not too long ago, China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with a subscriber base of over 700 million users, started taking pre-orders for the forward-thinking iPhone 5S and the colorful iPhone 5C. The handset will officially launch on the carrier on January 17th.
Now, according to a new report from Wedge Partners, the world’s largest carrier managed to sold only 100,000 units of both iPhones, which might be a little low considering the enormous subscribers number of the carrier — it’s actually around 760 million.
The deal between the carrier and the Cupertino giant was expected to bring a whole loads of business to Apple, but I think it’s not what everyone expected it to be. Obviously, the figure is good, but when you take into account the Mobile subscribers for the carrier, it’s not. It’s even lower than the pre-orders received by China Unicom (120,000) and China Telecom (150,000) for Apple’s latest offerings in September.
“What’s important to remember is these phones launched in September. Now here we are several months later and there’s no subsidy being offered that’s so special that the preorders are off the charts. If this had been in September when the phone launched globally, I think the numbers would be a lot higher,” Wedge analyst Brian Blair told AllThingsD.
Well, it’s still too early to estimate the numbers at the moment, and we might have to wait a little longer for actual figures. Despite the lagging pre-orders, analysts still believe China Mobile will sell between 7 million and 38.7 million units in 2014.
The iPhone 5S has been replaced by the iPhone SE, have a look at our comparison of the iPhone 5S vs iPhone SE.