Analyst: China Mobile 3G user growth slow, carrier is ‘in need of an iPhone’

“Though China Mobile is the largest wireless provider on on the planet, its number of high-speed 3G subscribers remains relatively small and growth is slow as the carrier does not currently offer Apple’s iPhone,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Noting that China Mobile’s total 3G subscribers grew just 3.9 percent month over month in May, analyst Brian White with Topeka Capital Markets said in a note to investors on Friday that the world’s largest carrier is ‘in need of the iPhone,'” Hughes reports. “With 677.5 million total subscribers in May, China Mobile had 65 percent of all wireless subscribers in China, but with just 61.9 million 3G customers, it accounted for only 38 percent of 3G users in the nation.”

Hughes reports, “It’s not a coincidence to White that the iPhone-less China Mobile continues to struggle in adding 3G subscribers while its smaller rivals, China [Telecom] and China Unicom, both offer the iPhone and are adding 3G subscribers at a faster clip.”

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1 Comment

  1. China Mobile thinking they were too big to get the iPhone. Now my friend in China has had her iPhone 3GS jailbroken and unlocked since China mobile is her carrier. She tells me if she did not have a large contact list, she would drop China Mobile. Just sucks she would have to tell many people her new number from the other carrier.

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