Κινέζοι χρήστες καλωσορίζουμε της Apple, China Mobile συμφωνία

Chinese users welcome Apple, China Mobile deal

Οι καταναλωτές τα πόδια παρελθόν το κατάστημα της Apple στο Πεκίνο το Δεκέμβριο 22, 2013

Κινέζοι χρήστες χαιρέτισε την πολυαναμενόμενη γραβάτα-up μεταξύ της Apple και China Mobile, μεγαλύτερο ασυρματιστή του κόσμου, αλλά οι αναλυτές προειδοποίησαν τη Δευτέρα ότι ο αντίκτυπος της συμφωνίας εξαρτάται από την ποιότητα του δικτύου 4G του μεταφορέα.

Η τεχνολογία των ΗΠΑ γίγαντας και η China Mobile παρουσίασε την Κυριακή η συμφωνία για να φέρει το iPhone για τους πελάτες σε ένα δίκτυο με ένα εκτιμώμενο 760 εκατομμύρια συνδρομητές και μέχρι τώρα κυριαρχείται από χαμηλού κόστους smartphones Android.

iPhone 5S και iPhone κινητά 5γ της αμερικανικής εταιρείας θα είναι διαθέσιμα στο China Mobile και η Apple καταστήματα λιανικής πώλησης σε όλη την ηπειρωτική Κίνα από τον Ιανουάριο 17, ανέφεραν σε κοινή δήλωση.

Κινέζοι χρήστες κινητών τηλεφώνων έδωσε η συμφωνία μια παρακινώντας επευφημία, χαιρέτισαν ως “a marathon love affair that finally came to a happy ending”, in the words of one fan.

It finally comesI’ve been waiting for so long that I’m exhausted,” a user with the online handle Gluttonous Miser posted on Sina Weibo, μια κινεζική ισοδύναμο Twitter.

Apple iPhones can currently be used on China Mobile’s 2G network but not on its higher-speed 3G network due to a home-grown standard the carrier has adopted.

While users were generally upbeat, some raised concerns about the cost of the devices to be offered by China Mobile.

“Ελα, the price must not let us down, it has to be encouraging, better not to go over 4,000 γιουάν ($660),” wrote another user.

The unsubsidised price of the iPhone 5c, a model with a slightly reduced cost to appeal to budget-conscious consumers and available in a range of colours, είναι $550 in the United States but higher in other countries, often due to tax and regulatory issues.

In China the 5c currently sells at more than $700, and the 5s goes for $870 on Apple’s official China site. Apple and China Mobile said that pricing details under the new deal will be announcedat a later date”.

Ωστόσο, analyst Ben Bajarin at Creative Strategies said he expectssome kind of subsidyfor the iPhone in China.

Carriers know the iPhone is the best smartphone on the market at helping them sell premium services. This is why it will always be relevant,” he said in a tweet.

Negotiations between Apple and China Mobile took years, with one key hurdle reportedly being the US company’s demand for sales volume guarantees.

The deal gives Apple a bigger entry into the huge Chinese market, as the company is facing declining market share and seeking to counter the flood of low-cost smartphones from rivals.

Even though iPhone sales grew 25.6 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, growth was slower than the overall market and Apple’s market share fell to 12.9 τοις εκατό από 14.4 percent in the same period last year, according to a survey by market intelligence firm IDC.

But analysts said that the immediate benefit from the partnership will be limited given that many of China Mobile’s customers are already using iPhones, lessening the prospect of a sharp boost to sales.

They said the main rationale for the deal was likely both companiesstrategy in the 4G era, which will allow users to — μεταξύ άλλων — watch movies and play games on mobile networks at a much faster speed and in better quality.

In the statement, Apple and China Mobile said the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5cboth offer more 4G LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.

The collaboration between Apple and China Mobile will give a big boost to the development of China’s homegrown 4G/TD-LTE technology,” είπε.

China granted three state-owned operators licenses early this month to offer services on the new network, and China Mobile is rolling out the world’s biggest 4G network.

“Αν (China Mobile’s) 4G network comes online (with good quality), the impact will be rather big,” Xu Zhipeng, a Beijing-based analyst with research firm Zero2ipo Group, δήλωσε στο Γαλλικό Πρακτορείο.

Ωστόσο, given the operator’s problem-prone 3G network, it will take time for Chinese users to build up confidence and accept the new network, είπε.

Customers may take a wait-and-see attitude towards its 4G network and will not rush to (grab an iPhone) as its price is rather high,” Xu said.

Πηγή: afp.com

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