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RitchBlasi 9/12/2013 | 4:29:44 PM
CDMA, Yep.  Worked for AT&T for 35+ years, the last 14 in its mobility group, so yes, fully understand.  Also why CDMA users can't do simultaneous voice and data...right? Apple was eventually willing to produce a phone for 100 million subscribers, why not a potential 700+ million who could potentially use that technology.  Based on reading a number of articles and speaking with analysts, seems like the price-point is the issue.  Why produce a phone that no one wants to pay for.  
dvijay0 9/12/2013 | 4:23:00 PM
Re: Apple and 4G You do know that without cdma support, the iPhone would be useless over the Verizon wireless network, right? All voice traffic in Verizon Wireless network go over the cdma network.
mendyk 9/12/2013 | 1:11:26 PM
Re: Which is it? Apple has an 80% brand recognition in China, according to a market research firm called Avanti. That's tops among mobile device manufacturers. That suggests that visibility is not an issue.
RitchBlasi 9/12/2013 | 12:31:10 PM
More..... Looks like China mobile wasn't the only one left off the list for a 4G device:

 

Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) newest iPhones, the iPhone 5s and 5c, do not support LTE on 2.5 GHz spectrum, which Sprint will use for a nationwide TD-LTE deployment.
RitchBlasi 9/12/2013 | 12:13:15 PM
Apple and 4G Does it strike anyone else as being strange that since the iPhone is manufactured (by Foxconn?) in Shenzen China that Apple is unwilling to make a phone with TD-SCMA technology?  It went out of its way to make iPhones that run on CDMA networks in the U.S., which have a lower base of customers than China Mobile and is basically a mobile technology on its last dying leg. 
futurephil 9/12/2013 | 11:31:36 AM
Re: Which is it? I think you have to be visible before you can hope for (local) validation. They have to keep chipping away even while working through their strategy. A few kicks in the press won't matter in the long run.
R Clark 9/12/2013 | 11:19:02 AM
Re: Which is it? Fair cop. The headline should've said 'Apple LAUNCH underwhelmed'. As far as the real stuff is concerned, it doesn't get interesting until 4G kicks in.

But thinking Apple kickoffs in Beijing, I'm wondering which they would prefer: yesterday's lead balloon, or the iPad riot of 2011?

 
mendyk 9/12/2013 | 11:09:03 AM
Re: Which is it? This is a perception problem for Apple. It's a company that's still trying to emerge from Steve Jobs' shadow. Given that, and given the fact that China's mobile infrastructure isn't ready for 4G prime time, Apple may be better off just using China as its factory rather than hold half-hearted product launches there. China aside, don't you think the issues Apple seems to be having in Singapore are a cause for concern?
futurephil 9/12/2013 | 11:00:22 AM
Re: Which is it? I'm sure China is strategic to Apple. I'm sure Cook has loads of corporate reasons to travel there a lot. I'm not sure Apple is underwhelming in China simply because it has made some sound decisions about what not to do (yet) in order to gain market share.

 
mendyk 9/12/2013 | 10:53:56 AM
Re: Which is it? I think this question is better put to Apple than to LR. If China isn't strategic, why is Tim Cook spending so much time there?
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