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Apple iPhone 5c weak sales may hold up China Mobile release plans

News by Andrew Kameka on Friday December 20, 2013.

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The Apple iPhone 5c was supposed to be a less expensive iOS handset that would be more attainable in emerging markets, but sales reports of the device paint a picture of the cheaper iPhone being less appealing than expected. That may cause problems for Apple's planned expansion into China.

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple may have to renegotiate a deal the company supposed struck with China Mobile, the largest carrier in China. Kuo believes that the deal is "nearing an end" but will have to be altered because of slow sales. Some analysts have suggested iPhone shipments could reach as high as 50 million if the deal goes through, but Kuo says those claims are "overly optimistic."

Apple will probably ship 38 million units worldwide over the next three months, Kuo says, but the driving force behind those sales will continue to be the more expensive and powerful iPhone 5s. Previous reports have suggested that the iPhone 5s outsells the 5c model by a 4-to-1 ratio, and that pattern will continue, according to Kuo.

source: CNET

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