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Apple CEO optimistically on partnership with China Mobile

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said at a press conference on the partnership with China Mobile. He was "incredibly optimistic", what comes to the forthcoming launch of the latest iPhone models the customer number, world's largest mobile service provider. Also Cook hinted a more in-depth cooperation, but without details to name a few.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (image: James Martin /

"We had to get to know us first. Today is just the beginning, and I think there is still some more things, which together can make our companies in the future,"Cook said, inter alia, the Wall Street Journal. He expects a record high sales in the greater China region for the first quarter.

China Mobile Chairman XI Guohua said customers had pre-ordered already several million iPhones. The Wall Street Journal had reported on Tuesday, Apple's contract manufacturer Foxconn delivered already 1.4 million iPhone 5 S to China Mobile.

Shortly before Christmas, Apple long negotiations with China Mobile had can bring to a successful conclusion. Next Friday, the 17th of January, the iPhone models 5s and 5 C for its almost 760 million customers will be available.

Although even that offer Chinese carrier China Unicom and China Telecom Apple devices in China, but the deal with China Mobile should Apple once again a significant customer growth result. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes that Apple 2014 total could drop off mobile 17 million iPhones about China, what would be equivalent to two percent of the customer base of the state provider.

"Starting this weekend, we sell iPhones to more than 3000 additional places", said Cook. "China Mobile is represented in many cities, which have not yet reached Apple."

[with material by Steven Musil,, and Charlie Osborne,]

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