If the agreement goes through, the iPhone will see a significant bump in its market share in China.
Apple’s anticipated deal with China Mobile has been talked about a lot. The latter is the biggest mobile carrier in the world with more than 750 million subscribers. It has never officially carried the iPhones, but with Apple already having received regulatory approval and mounting reports of an impending launch, it may only be a matter of days before both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are officially launched on China Mobile.
Analyst expect that the launch is going to substantially increase Apple’s smartphone market share in China. Furthermore, it is expected that up to $10 billion in additional yearly revenue can be raked in just as a result of this deal. Recently a survey was conduced by Morgan Stanley Research and AlphaWise which revealed that under a “best case” scenario, Apple may end up selling 12 million iPhones on China Mobile in calendar 2014. If this turns out to be true, the additional 12 million units will add $2.40 to Apple’s earnings per share while in a similar “best case” scenario, it may see up to $5 in earnings per share.
Despite reports on the contrary by major media publications, even China’s official state news agency, the carrier has still not confirmed its iPhone deal with Apple. It is expected that an announcement is going to be made on December 18 when China Mobile officially launched its 4G LTE service, fortunately, that date isn’t far off.