China

  • Crowds rush Apple's Chinese stores for 'Red Friday' discounts

    "It's like a refuge camp!" wrote Jason Ng, who tweeted this photo from Hong Kong.

    FORTUNE -- No, these aren't customers lining up for the launch of the iPhone at China Mobile (CHL). That event is scheduled for Jan. 17, a week from now.

    These are shoppers at Apple's (AAPL) Hong Kong store drawn by the discounts the company is offering for its second-annual Asian Red Friday sale.

    This year, eligible countries include China, Hong Kong, MORE

    - Jan 10, 2014 10:02 AM ET
  • 4G in China: A bigger deal than the iPhone

    Faster speeds are coming to China next week.

    By Scott Cendrowski, writer

    FORTUNE -- Forget the breathless coverage of China Mobile offering the iPhone for a moment. Yes, it's huge news for China's biggest wireless carrier and Apple (AAPL) -- and we've heard plenty to the point. But the real game changer for China is another mobile milestone that's nearly as imminent: the rollout of the faster wireless network standard 4G.

    People MORE

    Dec 13, 2013 12:18 PM ET
  • Chart of the day: Surge in Apple's Chinese smartphone sales

    The iPhone's October upswing came before any news of a China Mobile deal.

    FORTUNE -- Amid almost daily signs that a distribution deal between Apple (AAPL) and China Mobile (CHL) is imminent comes the attached chart from Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research. It shows that even without the formal endorsement of the world's largest carrier, Apple's share of Chinese smartphone sales in October had surged to 12%.

    From Counterpoint's report:

    Apple's smartphone marketshare climbed to MORE

    - Dec 12, 2013 10:37 AM ET
  • Why China's middle class will solve its air pollution problems

    One economic concept illustrates how local pressure could compel the government to act.

    By Pankaj Ghemawat

    FORTUNE -- A cloud will hang over the upcoming plenum of the Chinese Communist party in Beijing -- literally. It is late fall, and so pollution levels in China's capital as well as in other of its cities, always high, are going to go through their usual seasonal surge. The NASA Earth Observatory just announced MORE

    Nov 7, 2013 11:08 AM ET
  • Huawei (yes, Huawei) pushing for global security standards

    Chinese maker of telecom gear, blocked from U.S. market, seeks to overcome security concerns.

    FORTUNE -- Remember that 1995 Alanis Morissette song, "Ironic?" Well, here's another unexpected situation to add to the singer's long list of ironies: Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment maker that has been blocked from the U.S. market because of concerns about its alleged ties to China's government, is now pushing for global cybersecurity standards.

    The company MORE

    - Oct 18, 2013 11:20 AM ET
  • Localytics: China leads world in preference for iPhone 5S

    72 hours after launch, the higher-price iPhone represents 78% of activations worldwide.

    FORTUNE -- If Apple (AAPL) designed the lower-cost iPhone 5C with the billion-plus Chinese mobile phone market in mind -- as many analysts opined -- someone forgot to tell the Chinese.

    Of the nine countries included in the launch of Apple's new iPhones Friday, none showed less interest in the iPhone 5C than China.

    A Localytics survey of 20 million iPhones conducted MORE

    - Sep 24, 2013 8:38 AM ET
  • The Murdochs scale back in China

    After Rupert Murdoch spent so many years pursuing the Chinese market, 21st Century Fox is now reducing its exposure.

    FORTUNE -- It is an iron-clad rule of the contemporary business landscape: Invest in China or imperil your future growth. It's noteworthy, then, that one of the most aggressive western companies in terms of trying to crack the China nut is more or less giving up the fight.

    21st Century Fox, the film MORE

    - Sep 20, 2013 8:40 AM ET
  • Apple iPhone arbitrage

    The price differential between the U.S. and China opens the door to a lively grey market.

    FORTUNE -- Four days after Apple (AAPL) began taking pre-orders for the new iPhone 5C, the device is available in all colors and configurations except for the most expensive: the T-Mobile and SIM-free models that start at $549.

    Why would that be?

    It's simple, really. A lot of those unlocked phones are headed for overseas grey markets.

    And MORE

    - Sep 17, 2013 12:49 PM ET
  • A first peek at the Chinese rate cards for Apple's new iPhones

    In China, the $99 iPhone 5C goes for anywhere from 4,488 yuan ($730) to "free."

    FORTUNE -- When Apple (AAPL) posted the off-contract price of the entry level iPhone 5C on its Chinese website -- 4,488 yuan including taxes and import fees, or more than $730 -- Wall Street reacted with something akin to sticker shock, driving the company's share price down $56 (11%) in less than a week.

    After all, this MORE

    - Sep 17, 2013 7:49 AM ET
  • News about Apple and China Mobile, but not news of a deal

    If it's going to happen, it may have to be on the big carrier's terms and timing.

    FORTUNE -- So high were the expectations that China Mobile (CHL) was about to announce a deal with Apple (AAPL) to sell the latest crop of iPhones that news that it would be made overnight Tuesday made it into several analysts' reports.

    The marriage of the world's largest mobile carrier (740 million subscribers) and the MORE

    - Sep 11, 2013 10:51 AM ET
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