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. Look, I was born in China and have a home in Shanghai. There are tons of rich people in China. When you have over 1.3B people even a tiny fraction is alot. And while it seems nonsensical for people to spend large sums of money on relatively modest incomes on a cellphone, in developing countries they do.

    Yes, there are people willing to buy “shanzhai” phones, but there are also plenty of people who want the real thing. It’s a status thing as well. For the Chinese living in the large cities like Shanghai and Beijing, that’s important.

  2. Look, I was born in China and have a home in Shanghai. There are tons of rich people in China. When you have over 1.3B people even a tiny fraction is alot. And while it seems nonsensical for people to spend large sums of money on relatively modest incomes on a cellphone, in developing countries they do.

    Yes, there are people willing to buy “shanzhai” phones, but there are also plenty of people who want the real thing. It’s a status thing as well. For the Chinese living in the large cities like Shanghai and Beijing, that’s important.

  3. @KenC and others.

    Let me give you a great, great example. Our VP of Plant operations, clearly a well paid executive, bought a FAKE iPhone, not a real one. Why in the world he did not buy a real iPhone is bewildering to me. But clearly, spending $800 on a phone is anathema to some, even well paid folks here in China.

    I do not dispute Apple will sell a decent amount of iPhones here. It is just not going to become anywhere close to a mainstream item compared to how it is in the west.

  4. @KenC and others.

    Let me give you a great, great example. Our VP of Plant operations, clearly a well paid executive, bought a FAKE iPhone, not a real one. Why in the world he did not buy a real iPhone is bewildering to me. But clearly, spending $800 on a phone is anathema to some, even well paid folks here in China.

    I do not dispute Apple will sell a decent amount of iPhones here. It is just not going to become anywhere close to a mainstream item compared to how it is in the west.

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