BEIJING, Mar 26, 2014 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) — Wo Store, the online mobile app
distribution platform of China Unicom (CHU.NYSE; 00762.HK;
600050.SH), will record a total revenue between 800 million yuan and
1 billion yuan in 2014, the IT news portal it.sohu.com reported on
Thursday, quoting Wo Store’s general manager Wei Xin.
Wei said at the 3rd Global Mobile Game Congress held on Wednesday
and Thursday in Beijing that Wo Store has registered more than 100
million users and adds 600,000 new users every day.
She said Wo Store entered into mobile gaming sector at the
beginning of 2013, and its monthly income from mobile games has
exceeded 60 million yuan.
According to Wei, Wo Store grossed more than 300 million yuan in
2013, and share more than 200 million yuan included with the app
developers. She said the platform will continue to support
third-party app developers by lowering mobile Internet tariff for
traffic volume directed to Wo Store, and subsidizing the app
developers who provide sponsored data for customers. (Edited by Li
Add mobile apps to the list of things that China is adopting in a big way.
Since January, the world’s most populous country has been on a tear downloading and using mobile applications, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry. China now ranks behind the United States in app usage.
This comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed the excitement surrounding the Apple iPhone’s foray into China via Apple stores–both real and fake. And yet Apple is only a bit player in China, owning just 16% of the smartphone market and 3% of the overall mobile phone market, according to Gartner.
China has the most cellphone users in the world, with over 952 million users according to statistics released by China’s Ministry of Industry last week.
What floored Flurry’s Peter Farago who wrote a blog post on the findings, is the rate of adoption. Since January, China has clocked an 870% increase in mobile app usage. This is four times the growth rate experienced by the top 100 countries in mobile usage.
China’s government has begun testing a policy allow mobile subscribers to switch carriers without changing their phone numbers in two locations, the eastern coastal metropolis of Tianjin and the southern island province of Hainan–potentially bringing thelong-anticipated move toward full number portability closer to reality and adding to mounting competition for telecommunications giant China Mobile.
State-owned China Mobile, which had about 570 million subscriber accounts as of September, has long been China’s preferred carrier. But the company’s subscriber growth has slowed as the government has rolled out efforts to restructure the industry and make it more competitive.
The most recent move may provide a boost for China’s two other carriers, which are also state-owned: China Unicom, which had about 160 million subscriber accounts as of September, and China Telecom, which had about 86 million mobile subscriber accounts as of October. China Unicom has been hoping to make the most of some competitive advantages, including its license to operate a mobile network using WCDMA third-generation technology, which is compatible with in-demand handsets like Apple’s iPhone.
So far, many Chinese users have chosen not to use China Unicom’s service even if they do have WCDMA handsets, in part because they didn’t want to change their phone numbers. Enabling users to keep their numbers when switching carriers would make the transfer more tempting.
China Mobile operates a TD-SCDMA network, which was developed in China and its high-speed data services are not compatible with 3G handsets designed for other markets. The carrier has expressed a desire to sell iPhones and iPads to its customers, but hasn’t announced any plans to do so. Other handset makers including Nokia, Motorola and HTC have launched TD-SCDMA handsets for China Mobile.
As the competition becomes more intense, China Mobile’s Beijing unit is making an aggressive attempt to help users alter their China Mobile SIM cards and is supposedly working on its own microSIM card to fit the smaller card slots of iPhone 4s, allowing iPhone users to stay with China Mobile, albeit without 3G service. The company has also launched other discounts and promotions around the country to discourage users from switching.
One Tianjin user, Prisca Hu, who made the switch to China Unicom, said the company offered a 100 yuan discount on her phone bill as a gift for signing up. But there are certain requirements: “The transfer requires the users to register with real names and have no overdue bills. China Mobile users who are still under their former contract, will have to wait until the contract expires before they can” make the transfer, Ms. Hu said.
03/21/2014 – Sky-mobi Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOBI) is the leading mobile-application store in China. The company recently announced that via its controlling-subsidiary the Mopin Technology Co., Ltd., it has entered into the strategic-partnership with China Unicom’s WO Store. This is the official application-store of the 2nd Sky-mobi has been designated as the official business-partner of China Unicom and will provide customized & tailor-made-software services at the China Unicom’s network of all the physical stores across the country.
The strategic-partnership now enables China Unicom to very significantly improve the customer-experience of buying smartphones over the counter by offering quality customized- software services from the sales staff that is coached by Sky-mobi Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOBI) largest mobile-operator in China. Under terms of this agreement, This marks one more significant-step in Sky-mobi Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOBI)’s overall cooperation with different big telecom operators across China. Sky-mobi Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOBI)’s partnership with the China Unicom at the outset covers the physical stores in the very lucrative smart phone markets in Zhejiang, Guangxi & the Shandong provinces. It is projected to cover Hubei, Hunan, Heilongjiang, Shanghai & the Guangdong right through 2014.
Michael Tao Song, the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of Sky-mobi Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOBI) said that they have been very arduously working on the project since 2010. That was when they found via customer-feedback that the customers who were visiting the physical stores of the operator, expected more than simple assistance with choosing & buying a new phone. Rather their insights suggested that they also expect much more as far as in- store service is concerned. They want to receive about how to use the smartphone applications effectively & smartly. In recognizing this particular consumer characteristic, they view their partnership with China-Unicom as an excellent great opportunity to serve the customers better & assist the telecom operators in promoting all their monthly data-packages.
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CBI member Ford Motor Company and China Unicom recently announced a partnership that will open a new frontier for innovation by providing access to the capabilities of Ford SYNC AppLink to developers on China Unicom’s WoStore.
Leveraging the in-vehicle connectivity features of AppLink and China Unicom’s 3G wireless technology, the agreement paves the way for the development of a growing number of apps for China Unicom’s WoStore, which can then be utilised in AppLink-enabled vehicles.
Ford and China Unicom are also investigating the possibility of integrating AppLink with China Unicom mobile apps, such as 116114, which offers a comprehensive information inquiry service about food, housing, transportation, and tourism.
The new partnership will provide opportunities for greater integration of apps via Ford SYNC AppLink, which allows customers to control applications on their smartphones from the driver’s seat using voice controls through the Ford SYNC voice-activated connectivity system.
Wei Xin, General Manager, China Unicom WoStore, said, “This unique partnership with Ford will present enormous opportunities for us to collaborate on developing and introducing a whole range of apps and services in Ford vehicles, pairing our strong network of subscribers with the power and capability of AppLink.”
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China Unicom–China’s third largest mobile operator, with roughly 83 million subscribers–unveiled WoStore, a mobile application storefront developed in conjunction with communications equipment and network solutions provider ZTE. Promising support for “all open smartphone platforms” (read: not Apple’s [NASDAQ:AAPL] iPhone 4, which China Unicom began offering in September) as well as connected devices like tablets, the WoStore–named after China Unicom’s Wo brand of mobile services, translating to “fertile” or “rich”–offers about 2,200 applications at launch. In addition to competitive pressures from Apple’s App Store, the WoStore also must challenge rival operator China Mobile’s Mobile Market as well as efforts like Motorola’s Shop4Apps.
Despite the enormous size of the Chinese mobile subscriber market, The Wall Street Journal notes the nation’s mobile software segment continues to evolve behind other international markets, due largely to government censorship requirements and other regulations. “You’re going to have more, heavier oversight by the operators here,” explains Maverick China Research analyst Dave Carini. “Since the application market is not as open, it’s going to develop more slowly.”
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BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) – China Unicom (CHU.NYSE; 00762.HK; 600050.SH) had more than five million customers in the first five months of 2013 that paid for the mobile games downloaded from the telecom operator’s app stores, said Wei Xin, general manager of China Unicom’s app store operation center, on Thursday in Shanghai.
The telecom news portal cctime.com quoted Wei as saying that the company’s app stores posted an average 20 million download records every month. Of the amount, 30 percent were mobile games.
Wei said that China would outstrip the United States to become the world’s largest mobile game market this year, with market scale exceeding 7.8 billion yuan. In the market, the telecom operators would occupy more than one-third market shares and contribute around three billion yuan to the total revenue, she added. (Edited by Li Xiaoyu, Lixy@xinhua.org)
BEIJING, Mar. 24 (Xinhua) – Wo Store, the online mobile app distribution platform of China Unicom (CHU.NYSE; 00762.HK; 600050.SH), will register more than 200 million users by the end of this year, the telecom news portal c114.net reported on Monday, quoting Wo Store’s senior director Xiao Yang.
Xiao said at a meeting for mobile game distribution channels held on Monday that Wo Store adds more than 600,000 customers every day, and its daily content distribution will exceed 3 million at the year-end.
He said Wo Store has generated more than 400 million yuan of revenue from the mobile game market, and the figure is expected to exceed 1 billion yuan in 2014. According to Xiao, the revenue will be shared by China Unicom and the game developers.
IT news portal tech.qq.com quoted Xiao as saying that China Unicom will improve its settlement supporting system for cooperative app developers, and adopt a T+1 settlement policy on products with complaint rates and bad account rates not measuring up to standards. (Edited by Li Xiaoyu, Lixy@xinhua.org)