It is tough to see the exact catalyst for the collapse in AAPL's share price in recent days (though it is clear that no China Mobile news is not good news) - but then aside from Carl Icahn's tweets it was hard to see what the exuberance in August was. Now a month later, AAPL has retraced all Icahn's gains and then some and is trading at 5 week lows. Today's weakness - in the face of a surging broad market - is being pinned on talk of Chinese telecoms firms cutting subsidies - not exactly strategically in line with AAPL's growth goals.
With Apple’s (AAPL) media event today (Sept. 10) nearing, speculation is rife that the company has signed a deal with China Mobile (CHL) for the low-cost iPhone. Both The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have reported that Apple is preparing to ship iPhones to the world’s largest carrier in what is likely to be a landmark deal for both companies.
When wondering why AAPL disappoints once more on its next earnings release, please pull a Bill Gross and look in the mirror, dear broke consumer, because it is your fault. At least that is the spin by the CEO of France Telecom, who says that iPhone sales are now being threatened by, drumroll please, "frugal buyers." That's right: in France "frugal" is now a dirty word.
By John Mylant: There are challenges to Apple moving into China, but this country is Apple's next great revenue source. I believe its two greatest challenges are Android's market share and the relationship with China Mobile (CHL) Apple is still courting. Despite these, Apple needs China to grow. Can it gain a foothold?
By Qineqt:China Mobile (CHL), the world's biggest telecommunication company in terms of number of subscribers, doesn't currently have a license to sell Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 5, whereas its rivals China Unicom (CHU) and China Telecom Corp.
Telecommunications companies in South Korea are looking at various options to improve their deteriorating profits by developing products that bundle fixed-line, mobile and Internet services. As part of this endeavour, SK Telecom (SKM), South Korean wireless kingpin, is currently in talks with Apple Inc.
China's smartphone market is poised to grow by leaps and bounds as low-cost smartphones make an entry into the market and the carriers subsidize even expensive handsets, such as Apple's (AAPL) iPhone. As a sign of growing demand, the mobile Internet market is booming with purchases made through mobile devices in the first quarter of 2012 already matching the same for the whole of last year.
By Geordy Wang:
Tim Cook made it clear during the last conference call that China represents a huge strategic opportunity for Apple (AAPL), and now the company is making its next big play in the country: signing on with China Mobile (