iPhone 5 in China: Once again, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has proved that its popular iPhone is a sensation around the world, not just in the United States.
This past weekend, the iPhone 5 was released to the public in China. According to multiple news outlets, sales of the smartphone topped more than two million units.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook appears happy with the initial results:
“Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China. China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products.”
In addition to its launch in China on Friday, December 14, the iPhone 5 was also rolled out in 32 other countries. According to AppleInsider, the other countries included:
Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
Making this feat even more amazing is the fact that China Mobile, the largest network in China, does not offer support for the iPhone.
If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) ever settles on a deal with China Mobile, future sales numbers will be even greater. This is due in large part to the fact that China Mobile has more than 700 million subscribers at the current time, many of who are interested in the iPhone.
When the iPhone 4S was released in China, the only carrier with access was China Unicom. This time around, China Telecom was added as a carrier. With increased availability, most expected unit sales to be higher.
As the market opens today, it will be interesting to see if large sales numbers in China and optimism by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook will have a positive impact on the company’s stock.
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