China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Chinese carrier China Mobile has begun taking preorders for the upcoming iPhone 6 ahead of the device's official launch, reports China Daily. Available at China Mobile Beijing, the preorder campaign appears to be aimed at drumming up interest for Apple's new devices.

    On a website, China Mobile Beijing allows users to choose between the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6, but the carrier does not offer images of the device or a potential release date. A China Daily source has suggested Chinese customers may receive the iPhone 6 as early as mid-month, however, which would be in line with previous rumors and past device release timelines.

    Mockup of 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 depicted with iPhone 5s​
    As of Tuesday evening in China, the campaign had garnered more than 33,000 orders, pointing towards strong interest in the iPhone 6. Analysts have predicted that the launch of the iPhone 6 could see a massive spike in upgraders and Android switchers, due to its larger display and redesigned chassis.

    China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier with more than 700 million subscribers, first began carrying the iPhone in January of 2014, after extended negotiations with Apple. Apple CEO Tim Cook called inking a deal with China Mobile a "watershed" moment," allowing the company to reach millions of new customers and significantly expand its presence in China.

    As it marks an opportunity for significant growth, China has become an increasingly important market for Apple. Tim Cook visited the country multiple times in 2013 and Apple has opened several retail stores in China in 2014, including locations in Wuxi, Chongqing, and Beijing.

    Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 at a September 9 media event, which may also include the debut of its wearable device and a payment initiative. Though Apple is expected to preview both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models, it is unclear if both devices will be available to launch at the same time due to production difficulties with the larger phone.

    Article Link: China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6
  2. YoitsTmac macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2014
    I too, would like to pre-order my pre-order back home in America
  3. nfl46 macrumors 603

    Oct 5, 2008
    Must be nice to be Tim Cook the rest of the year. Apple is about to my a (s) load of money!
  4. EddiOS macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2014
    Apple should totally open a case about this. Unless they're scared they might lose the China Mobile deal
  5. borneo76 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    iPhone 6 will sell millions in China like hot cake :rolleyes:
  6. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Wow, the features they listed for it are so awesome I just might have to preorder too!
  7. newyorksole macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    You mean Hot CakeS . Did you leave off the 'S' on purpose ? ;)
  8. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    Sounds familiar. If I recall China Mobile opened up iPhone 5s preorders before it was announced that it would come to them.
  9. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    iPhone 6 will take back all the switchers that are currently unhappy with androids or as Tim Cook said "made a mistake". It'll also take all the people who are on the fence and people who have to stuck with androids because they want a big screen.

    An upward spike for iPhone but a downward spike for androids. It won't be a pretty picture for androids
  10. NIKKG macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2012
    If the 5.5 is real, I'll give up my Note 3 for it.
  11. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    A case about what? The world knows the iPhone 6 is coming. If a company who will have product to sell wants to take pre-orders, what's the problem? Now, if they got inventory, and sold that early, that would be an issue. But taking a pre-order, nothing to see there. Or maybe the Chinese government wants to know who is buying one so they can wire tap them now before they get a 6.
  12. Sonmi451 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2014
    I had a friend text me the other day asking if he could pre-order an iPhone 6. I think I did a literal facepalm.
  13. cariacou macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    If only Apple could get mad at them over disclosing the NDA.

    Unfortunately even Apple can't say no to China.
  14. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Will iFixit go to China or New Zealand to get theirs before the rest of us?

    They'll probably have an iPhone 6 disassembled before the second customer gets theirs!
  15. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
  16. Solver macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    Do they ask how much built-in memory the customer wants?
  17. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    My guess is that it was simply an honest mistake. If you look at the member's profile, you would see he or she lives in Indonesia. Not everyone here is a native English speaker.
  18. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    He's waiting for the iPhone 6s to add the S :p

    On topic, this is about the only way you can buy it in China, because basically people can't be trusted to form an orderly queue here. The Apple Stores will have email lottery every day to stop people causing civil disobedience.
  19. Bazooka-joe macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2012
    Swindon, England
    The Chinese market will be huge for Apple and no doubt they will be included in the first traunch of countries along with the US and UK. I just hope there will be enough phones to go around as I can't help thinking that China will be a priority market
  20. maplingstorie macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2009
    hehe me too
  21. dampfnudel macrumors 68000

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I know this is unlikely to happen, but can you imagine the uproar here if Tim decided to release the iPhone 6 a couple of weeks earlier in China than the US and Europe. #
  22. ska916jedi macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2014
    And me three! I was thinking of getting the Note 4 but not if this is true. 5.5 will bring me back to the original team lol
  23. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    [sarcasm] Ugh, the line out of the Beijing Apple Store will be filled with American scalpers buying up 5 units each to export back home to their own Countries. Go home scalpers! [/sarcasm]
  24. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    T-Mobile in Germany has been doing it for over a month now. however they didnt mention what phone it is but everyone knows as they do it every year
  25. haruhiko, Sep 3, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2014

    haruhiko macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009

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