“China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., which started offering Apple Inc.’s iPhone in China last week, aims to increase the number of its third-generation mobile users by more than 1 million a month, Chairman Chang Xiaobing said Tuesday,” Lorraine Luk reports for The Wall Street Journal. “The company launched 3G services in China Oct. 1 and had more than 1 million subscribers to the mobile technology standard at the end of that month, Mr. Chang said.”
“He said China Unicom has signed up more than 5,000 iPhone users in China since it launched the phone there Friday and it expects the Apple phone to boost its average revenue per user,” Luk reports. “The company is the only seller of the iPhone in China at the moment, though China Mobile Ltd. has said it is in talks with Apple.”
Luk reports, “Analysts say China Unicom’s high pricing of the iPhone will limit demand for the product. China Unicom has been selling the 32-gigabyte iPhone 3GS for 6,999 Chinese yuan ($1,024) without a service contract, higher than the around $800 consumers pay for the same product in Hong Kong, which has different wireless carriers than on the mainland.”
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