The iPhone 6 could arrive in China on October 10th
Reports from China have indicated that sales of the iPhone 6 will begin on Friday, October 10th in China . The date was recently confirmed by a store preparation timeline, which was presented to retail employees in an internal training course.
The information points to product preparation and employee training beginning on October 7 to support the initial sales that would begin three days later.
Apple wants to start selling its new iPhone 6 in China to include initial sales in its Q1 holiday fiscal period, which will be compared to last year’s fourth quarter sales with revenue of $57.6 billion, of which $8.8 billion came from Greater China (a large region that includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, which are already selling the new iPhone 6 models).
Operators could lower the price of devices
In the report by TechWeb, reported that the iPhone 6 will sell for 5,288 yuan ($863, the same starting price as the iPhone 5s last year), while the iPhone 6 Plus is expected to sell for 6288 yuan ($1,026) . However, a report by Bloomberg noted that under pressure from Chinese state regulators, companies were lowering subsidies for new phone buyers.
That report noted that subsidies in China will be paid depending on the duration of users’ contracts in the form of a monthly discount applied to the user’s mobile service cost, rather than in the form of capital when the user signs his contract, as is common in the US.
Due to the changes being seen in China, the price of hardware for users will double. However, the initial price users will pay to get a new phone will actually be lower, starting at 4488 yuan (US$732) instead of 5288 yuan. The operators seem to be reducing their monthly discounts on voice service from 194 yuan ($31.66) to 136 yuan ($22.20).
While this move significantly reduces the overall subsidy (which costs end users an additional 592 yuan ($97) over the course of their two-year contract), it makes the initial purchase more affordable (800 yuan or $131 cheaper up front), which is virtually the opposite of American-style transport subsidies.
The devices already have the certificates and are waiting for the licenses
The two new models have achieved China’s mandatory certification during the past week, but according to some reports they still need network access licenses before they can go on sale. These licenses, which certify that the device is compatible with mobile networks, are issued by the Telecommunications Equipment Certification Center..
Last year, Apple launched the iPhone 5s and 5c in China at the same time as in the U.S. and a number of other major markets. This year, the delay in approval in China meant that Apple’s initial report of 10 million iPhone 6s sold in three days, excludes one of Apple’s largest markets.
A major difference in the two launches is that China’s largest operator, China Mobile, already has its LTE TDD network, after its initial activation earlier this year. As pointed out by AppleInsider, Tim Cook’s are also supporting the additional band 41 LTE TDD (as well as a series of other new LTE bands) in the new models.
We will see if these dates are finally met and it is on October 10th when the new iPhone 6 begins to be sold in China, something that would undoubtedly be great news for Apple if we take into account the large market that the Asian continent represents.