Apple Inc‘s blowout quarterly iPhone sales in China show that a barrage of bad publicity hasn’t dented demand. Now, it has to find a way to sell more smartphones in the world’s biggest mobile market, without its fans jumping the paywall.
iPhone sales surged in China after Apple signed up China Telecom Corp to sell the device last month – the second of the country’s ‘big three’ carriers to get the iPhone. The biggest, China Mobile Ltd, which has over 600 million subscribers, doesn’t yet have compatible technology.
“Based on what we’ve observed so far, we’ve seen a tremendous uptick in CDMA iPhones,” said IDC analyst Wong Teck-Zhung. “The key factor is that they signed with China Telecom and expanded their carrier operations.”
Apple sells the international 3G standard iPhone through China Unicom and a CDMA version through China Telecom. China Mobile’s domestic 3G standard does not have…
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