China Unicom sells out of iPhone 4 in four days; 100,000 units sold, another 100k on back-order

“About 100,000 units of iPhone 4 have been sold within four days after its official launch in China and another 100,000 consumers who placed orders for these units will receive their phones by the end of next month, China Unicom, the official partner of Apple, said on Tuesday,” China Daily reports.

“‘The sales of previous versions of iPhones created a solid foundation for the explosive performance of the iPhone 4 this year,’ said Li Gang, senior vice-president of China Unicom. The shipment for the first day was over 40,000 units, according to the company,” China Daily reports. “China Unicom had received 200,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 since Sept 17.”

China Daily reports, “The company announced that it is waiting for the approval of the iPad 3G from the Chinese government… China Unicom was granted a license to operate the wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA), a 3G technology in China, which was launched on Jan 7, 2009. According to statistics released by China Unicom on Tuesday, the company’s 3G users reached the 10 million mark from 9.5 million users in August.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

40 Comments

  1. The Joke, Those chinese iPhone (and Blackberry) knock-offs sell in the Middle East and have made their way to here (Fiji) and other developing nations (which have blackmarkets and chinese businesspeople). Having tried a few examples, I found them OK as multi-SIM phones (i.e. they worked on the networks) but a pathetic joke in terms of the touch interface, the music player, the software, the battery life, the glacial speed of operation, etc.: Chinese Junk; you get what you pay for.

    Up-and-coming types in China know quality tech when they see it and will spend big to get it. If only a fraction of a one percent can afford one the sales will run into tens of millions: Not mainstream, but a nice little earner on a luxury product.

  2. The Joke, Those chinese iPhone (and Blackberry) knock-offs sell in the Middle East and have made their way to here (Fiji) and other developing nations (which have blackmarkets and chinese businesspeople). Having tried a few examples, I found them OK as multi-SIM phones (i.e. they worked on the networks) but a pathetic joke in terms of the touch interface, the music player, the software, the battery life, the glacial speed of operation, etc.: Chinese Junk; you get what you pay for.

    Up-and-coming types in China know quality tech when they see it and will spend big to get it. If only a fraction of a one percent can afford one the sales will run into tens of millions: Not mainstream, but a nice little earner on a luxury product.

  3. @R2

    Seriously? You’re using Apple as your example for outsourcing? What about the auto industry, televisions, Dells, vegetable peelers or just about the million other products that are being outsourced by other “American” corporations.

    From my understanding, at least some of Apple’s products are put together in the U.S., but granted not everything.

    Let’s face it, America cannot compete in manufacturing, especially since we, the consumers, demand our products and gadgets to be inexpensive. And then demand top dollar pay.

  4. @R2

    Seriously? You’re using Apple as your example for outsourcing? What about the auto industry, televisions, Dells, vegetable peelers or just about the million other products that are being outsourced by other “American” corporations.

    From my understanding, at least some of Apple’s products are put together in the U.S., but granted not everything.

    Let’s face it, America cannot compete in manufacturing, especially since we, the consumers, demand our products and gadgets to be inexpensive. And then demand top dollar pay.

  5. @ The Joke

    That vast majority of Americans wouldn’t buy a Hummer, either, but for a while GM didn’t have any problem at all selling piles of them to the small-dicked and insecure. We have plenty of those in the US. I’m guessing, by the numbers above, that China has at least enough people willing to buy iPhones that it’s not really a problem. Maybe the economy is growing faster than you think. Or maybe the Chinese are learning from the old pros at consumerism and spending themselves into debt like good, freedom-loving people should.

  6. @ The Joke

    That vast majority of Americans wouldn’t buy a Hummer, either, but for a while GM didn’t have any problem at all selling piles of them to the small-dicked and insecure. We have plenty of those in the US. I’m guessing, by the numbers above, that China has at least enough people willing to buy iPhones that it’s not really a problem. Maybe the economy is growing faster than you think. Or maybe the Chinese are learning from the old pros at consumerism and spending themselves into debt like good, freedom-loving people should.

  7. @ ChrissyOne

    First off, there are well over 100,000 expats living in Shanghai alone. Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen have very large expat populations as well. Expats by far prefer the iPhone as their smart phone of choice. Plus, expats get paid pretty well to live away from home (I got an immediate 30% increase in salary to come live here).

    My point is, is that a huge number of these iPhones arent even being sold to Chinese. They are being sold to expats. You’ll see many Asians in the lines at the Apple stores but if you were here, and spoke the language, you’d find that many (most?) of the Chinese are in fact, Taiwanese (and much richer). Plus plenty of Koreans & Japanese.

    The iPhone is just enormously expensive to a local Chinese. The price of this phone is at least 5% of their annual salary and can be up to 10-15% if they are younger. (Example: At my previous company, we hired a marketing manager. In the US that position would pay around 80k/year. The Chinese one, with a lot of experience, was paid 12k/year. The iPhone cost about $800 here. Would you buy an iPhone for $800 if you made 12k a year?)

  8. @ ChrissyOne

    First off, there are well over 100,000 expats living in Shanghai alone. Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen have very large expat populations as well. Expats by far prefer the iPhone as their smart phone of choice. Plus, expats get paid pretty well to live away from home (I got an immediate 30% increase in salary to come live here).

    My point is, is that a huge number of these iPhones arent even being sold to Chinese. They are being sold to expats. You’ll see many Asians in the lines at the Apple stores but if you were here, and spoke the language, you’d find that many (most?) of the Chinese are in fact, Taiwanese (and much richer). Plus plenty of Koreans & Japanese.

    The iPhone is just enormously expensive to a local Chinese. The price of this phone is at least 5% of their annual salary and can be up to 10-15% if they are younger. (Example: At my previous company, we hired a marketing manager. In the US that position would pay around 80k/year. The Chinese one, with a lot of experience, was paid 12k/year. The iPhone cost about $800 here. Would you buy an iPhone for $800 if you made 12k a year?)

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