Apple Inc. (AAPL) got a partner to sell the iPhone in the world’s biggest mobile-phone market, China. The may be too late to catch Samsung with a market share that’s three times larger and growing.
Samsung controlled 24.3 percent of the market for phones in China.
“I don’t expect Apple to replace Samsung any time soon,” Gartner analyst Sandy Shen said in an interview. “China Telecom is the nation’s smallest carrier, so the extent to which they can help Apple is quite limited.”
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