When it was announced that the iPhone would soon be available on China Mobile, also known as the world’s largest wireless carrier, it seemed as if things could only go well for Apple. The company now had its flagship device on the carrier with the largest subscriber base in the world, and it hoped to sell millions of phones. Well, it should come as no surprise, then, that Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly “incredibly optimistic” about the new partnership, as the orders for iPhones on the carrier are reportedly in the multi-millions. This is obviously exciting news for Apple as it looks to push its product onto millions of new customers in China.
“We’ve gotten to know each other…today is a beginning, and I think there are lots more things our companies can do together in the future,” said Cook, pointing out that future collaboration between the companies is expected. The deal with China Mobile is expected to boost iPhone sales by millions of units which is a huge win for the company as it looks to better position itself in emerging markets such as China.
While the exact demand is yet to be known, the early numbers look promising. We will find out about the demand when the device goes on sale on China Mobile this Friday, and it will hopefully give us a better glance at just how lucrative this deal could be for Apple.