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Apple's new iPhone partnership with China Mobile looks to be off to a good start with the carrier announcing it added around 1 million iPhone customers to its 4G network in just February alone. Better still, the iPhone accounted for the large majority of customers joining China Mobile's 4G service. From the Wall Street Journal:

"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," China Mobile Chairman Xi Gouhua told The Wall Street Journal.

1 million is a drop in the ocean to the worlds largest carrier, but for Apple that's 1 million iPhone sales it didn't have 12 months ago. Also consider that China Mobile's 4G network is still only available in a handful of cities across the country, and things are looking extremely positive. It'll be interesting to hear whether Apple singles out China for a mention on its next quarterly earnings call.

China Mobile has around 776 million subscribers, so there's plenty of scope for huge iPhone sales there. Exactly why it was such an important deal for Apple to put together.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Richard Devine

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Nicholas Kathrein says:

You don't know they didn't have these customers before. Some could have switched carriers and upgraded their old iPhone to a newer one on China Mobile. Question is how many people have been added since China Mobile started offering the iPhones. This move to china was going to be the thing that moved the needle for Apple after kind of leveling off in Market Share.

Redshirt says:

Cue stock dropping in 3... 2... 1... Because some random analyst with no backing says they should have sold 50 million.