China Mobile Could Delay IPhone 6 Launch Until 2015

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The newly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may have received more than 4 million pre-orders in 24 hours, but the two devices are facing a delayed launch in China.

At this point it's really unclear when the iPhone 6 will arrive in the world's biggest smartphone market. Not even China Mobile knows. And that's the country's biggest carrier, with around 800 million customers.

According to an unconfirmed report, Apple has yet to acquire its recent iPhones certified for sale in China by the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which has apparently failed to reach an agreement with the Cupertino-based company on the matter. Without this certification, you simply can't legally sell phones in China, so the situation isn't looking fine for Apple.

In fact, it may have to wait until next year to receive assumed certification and hence be able to launch the iPhone 6 in China. This could come as a pretty gigantic blow in terms of sales in the fourth quarter of 2014.

In the meantime, China Mobile will focus on selling unsubsidized 4G capable smartphones for the remainder of this year. Company execs have predicted that by the discontinue of the year, 70% of the 4G smartphones it sells will cost less than 1,000 yuan ($162). But there will also be handsets priced at less than 600 yuan ($97).

As it starts focusing more and more on such mass-market offerings, China Mobile plans to slit around $2 billion in subsidies for mobile phones, a go which will affect sales of high-discontinue devices made by the likes of Apple and Samsung.

To acquire an concept of how gigantic these subsidies are correct now, let's consider the iPhone 5S. It currently has a list price of 5,288 yuan ($860) when purchased with a contract. China Mobile will subsidise up to 88% of that value (bringing the upfront cost down to 635 yuan, or $103), but in that case you need a plan that will set you back 388 yuan ($63) per month.

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