“China Unicom has sold more than 100,000 iPhones since it launched the country’s first official sales of the handset at the end of October, it said Thursday,” Owen Fletcher reports for IDG News Service.
China Unicom gave no other details on its iPhone sales but called the handset a “great success.” The carrier is selling both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, but its versions have Wi-Fi removed to comply with local regulations. That has harmed their appeal compared to iPhones brought into the country from abroad and sold at electronics bazaars,” Fletcher reports. “Those phones, sold unlocked and with Wi-Fi, also come at a lower price than the official iPhone in China.”
Fletcher reports, “Many wealthy urbanites in China owned iPhones before the phone officially launched there. Ovum, a consultancy, estimated months ago that there were already 1 million iPhones in China.”
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