“China Unicom said Sunday its supply of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4 handsets is currently insufficient to meet user demand but that it will boost its stock as quickly as possible, as sales began at a much faster pace than when the network operator first launched older versions of the iPhone last year,” Owen Fletcher reports for MarketWatch.
“China Unicom had taken over 200,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders by early Saturday, the day sales started, and over 40,000 buyers received the phone and a bundled mobile service plan that day, the company said in a statement,” Fletcher reports. “For comparison, China Unicom last year said it sold 100,000 iPhone handsets in roughly six weeks after launching the devices in late October. Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu said: ‘More iPhones will be available soon and customers should check back with their local store or online for updates on availability.'”
Fletcher reports, “Unicom did not give details on its stock of the iPhone 4, but network operators elsewhere have also faced tight supply of the phone. Telstra Corp.’s Hong Kong unit, CSL Ltd., said in August it was facing challenges delivering the iPhone 4 due to overwhelmingly high demand. In the U.S., high demand for the iPhone 4 in late June led operator AT&T Inc. to stop taking new orders on the first day of preorders, citing processing problems. In a statement at the time, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said the company apologized to customers who were turned away due to insufficient supply.”
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