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Why Chinese Aren't Boycotting Samsung

Here's something that will make your pocket buzz: The winner in China's mobile phone market should eventually be Apple, not Samsung, if the Silicon Valley icon's prices come down and sales forecasts are any better than weather reports. Apple's market share in China slipped to 10% in the third quarter last year, TrendForce found.

"While Apple comes in third, with strong scores in the 'brand image' and 'intent to purchase' categories, a more affordably priced iPhone could very well put the manufacturer back on top in China," TrendForce says in its March 19 report.

Samsung's next gambit: more of that corporate-social-responsibility stuff. This year it plans to help protect the environment and work on "youth-oriented new welfare projects," China Tech News reports. Does that mean permanent holidays for those supposedly teenage workers?

Ralph Jennings is on LinkedIn.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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