Apple to Launch New iPhones in China on First Day; Inks a Deal with NTT DoCoMo

Apple Retail Store in Xidan Joy City, Beijing | Official Website

Apple Retail Store in Xidan Joy City, Beijing | Official Website

During the special media event last Tuesday, Apple announced that their iPhone 5S and 5C will be available in China on the first day of release.

Set to be available on September 20, this would be a first time for the country to be part of the company’s lineup for the initial launch. This indicates that the Cupertino-based company is serious in expanding their market in the Far East.

As of the moment, Apple sells the flagship handset through China Telecom and China Unicom. The iPhone maker is yet to tap the 740 million subscribers of China Mobile, as their iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will come in variants that feature TD-LTE bands support.

The Apple-NTT DoCoMo Agreement

In another news, Apple was able to secure a deal with the largest Japanese network carrier—the NTT DoCoMo. The telecommunications company was reticent to adopt the smartphone since its debut in 2007. Instead, they’ve pushed annual updates to handsets made by local manufacturers such as Panasonic and Sharp.

Late last year, NTT DoCoMo blamed iPhone due to a great subscribers’ loss within a month. By January, the carrier said that they are willing to negotiate with the US phone manufacturer as other providers—such as KDDI and Softbank—continued acquiring subscribers.

Apple’s expansion to Asia is a no-brainer, especially with the region’s growth potential. In fact, one analyst predicted last Monday that a deal with both China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo would draw 35 million additional iPhone sales next year.

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