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For 2016, it estimates that its shipments jumped 30%, to 140 million, and its phone revenue an estimated 40%, to 178 billion yuan (.5 billion), while the industry grew only by single digits globally.
“It’s really grown fast,” says Gartner analyst CK Lu, who studies China’s smartphone makers.
Enter Huawei—probably the most viable contender yet to loosen the giants’ grip.
It’s a 170,000-employee company with billion in sales, selling telecom equipment in 170 countries. 1 globally in sales of the networking equipment that underpins telecommunication systems, taking the crown from Sweden’s Ericsson.
But over the past 18 months, Huawei’s smartphone market share there has climbed from almost nothing to the summit.
In the first quarter of 2016, Huawei sold 10 times as many phones as Apple in Finland, according to research firm IDC.
Flush with cash from its networking sales, Huawei spends more on research and development than its Chinese rivals do, helping it build handsets whose quality is close to that of i Phones and Galaxies. In 2015, Huawei sold 108 million phones, ranking third worldwide.
And now its goal is to dominate the market for the phones themselves.
It has taken big strides toward doing just that in China and in growing swaths of Europe—helped in those Western countries by side deals with wireless carriers that have not previously been reported.
You can check them here by inputting your SIM’s serial number: Here’s a basic guideline of what you’ll need to do.
Check the provided links for step by step image/video instructions. For i Phone 4S, order a T-mobile Micro SIM like this one from e Bay or purchase one at Target (for i Phone 5, 5s, and 5c purchase a Nano SIM). Remove your Straight Talk SIM and Insert your T-Mobile SIM. Go to: Settings- Cellular Data Network (or wait for Cellular Data Network to show up and then select Cellular Data Network, this is why you got the T-Mobile SIM for) 4.