Monthly 3G subscriber growth in China has dropped sharply just before Apple kicks off wider iPhone distribution in the country thanks to its deal with China Mobile, the largest wireless operator in the country (and the world). In September, 17 million 3G subscriptions were activated in China. That figure tumbled to 13.4 million in October and 11 million in November. 3G subscriptions are a fairly good proxy for smartphone contracts in China; 2G subscribers still buy feature phones.
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