“China Unicom confirmed Wednesday that it would start to sell Apple’s iPhone in China on May 17,” Xinhua via COMTEX reports.
“According to Yi Difei, a China Unicom official in charge of news release, the company will start trial operation of commercial 3G business in 55 cities across the country on the same day,” Xinhua via COMTEX reports. “The concrete time for official operation depends on results of the trial operation.”
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MacDailyNews Note: China Unicom is the world’s third-biggest mobile provider. As of the end of April 2008, the company had 125 million GSM subscribers and 43 million CDMA subscribers. To put that into perspective, the U.S. iPhone carrier, AT&T Mobility, had approximately 77 million subscribers as of the fourth quarter 2008.
China Mobile is the world’s largest carrier with 415 million customers as of June 30, 2008. Vodafone is the word’s #2 with an estimated 289 million customers as of the end of 2008.