The slowing Chinese economy is apparently eating into the country's appetite for shiny new cellphones.
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Yes, China's economy slowed last year. The projections are for the country's once heady 10% growth rate to continue to decelerate this year. China Unicom's report is leading some to wonder if the slower growth is also holding back demand for 3G phones and the pricy data plans that accompany them.
The problematic numbers at China Unicom are a surprise. Apple
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Investors shouldn't worry. A single bad month isn't a trend, especially when the downtrend isn't being confirmed by its rivals. On an absolute basis, net additions of more than 2.7 million for China Unicom is still both healthy and incremental.
Naturally investors will be paying closer attention to the smartphone story in China now, but one bad month by one company isn't going to be enough to derail the mobile revolution.