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  • "No Phone Can Best the iPhone:" iPhonemania in China


    The iPhone 4 went on sale today in China, with large crowds gathering outside Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai. The only authorized carrier in the country, China Unicom, said they received 200,000 pre-orders before sales began, and the phone apparently did brisk business at China Unicom retail outlets and Suning Appliance stores throughout the People's Republic. China Unicom requires a contract, though, and the carrier-unlocked phones available at the four Apple Stores in China are proving popular.

    Most Chinese mobile phone customers pay month-to-month, rather than signing a contract. In addition, many just want to keep their existing phone number; the Chinese market does not aoffer portability. In an online survey by portal 163.com, over 70 percent of the more than 7,000 people surveyed said they would rather buy an iPhone 4 from Apple instead of China Unicom. With a two-year contract from China Unicom, the iPhone 4 will cost 5,880 yuan ($877) for the 16GB model, and 6,999 yuan ($1,044) for the 32GB model. Apple's price for unlocked iPhone 4s is 4,999 yuan ($744 US) for the 16GB model and 5,999 yuan ($893) for the 32GB model. According to China Daily, the English-language newspaper published by the Communist Party of China, Apple's price is below the 5,500 yuan charged for gray market phones brought in from Hong Kong. "We cut the price by 200 yuan this week," a vendor in Beijing's largest electronics market told the government newspaper, "but customers still think it is too high since they can buy an official one from an Apple store for 4,999 yuan."

    Customer lined up for as long as two days waiting for their chance to buy an iPhone, with more than a thousand people waiting outside the new Apple Store at the Xidan Joy City shopping center in Beijing. "It's like waiting in line to see a movie star," Sun Jian Kuan, a 26-year-old systems engineer, told Computerworld. "No phone can best the iPhone."

    Source: Computerworld, image via Agence France Presse
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "No Phone Can Best the iPhone:" iPhonemania in China started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Wow, those are some expensive plans. I don't blame em for buying it from apple
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      very nice.
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Apple thats the way the iPhone should sale, unlock and cheaper than a subsydi one.
    1. Be Expressive's Avatar
      Be Expressive -
      The iPhone is KING
    1. carolinamic's Avatar
      carolinamic -
      From: Apple
      To:China

      Enjoy!
    1. ashrafkhalifa's Avatar
      ashrafkhalifa -
      Wow great! Once people buy iPhone they never buy other mobile phone! (my thinking).

      From: Mobile phone
      To: iPhone
      Better!!!!

      East or West
      iPhone is the Best!
    1. donsamuelgeorge's Avatar
      donsamuelgeorge -
      People are obsessed by Apple (positive sense).. and so am I! But i feel with the iPhone 4 things got a little out of proportion. To be frank, I wasn't happy with my iPhone 4.. just claimed my refund! Had 7 replacement phones in a month or so.. may be this is not the case with everyone! I did not face any dropped calls either.. but you hold the phone casually without any case or bumper, I bet my data speeds were affected big time.. kinda annoying at times even though the phone is "awe-inspiring". I hope that the iPhone next year will be better.. Going for the Desire HD.. for a change!
    1. cocoabean772's Avatar
      cocoabean772 -
      They buy an iphone now see how great it is they discover jailbreaking. they loose jailbreak they find out how *** the iphone without jailbreak they soon switch to android hahah
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      From: Non Apple Fanboys

      To: Apple

      Get over yourself!

      That is all.

      Quote Originally Posted by donsamuelgeorge View Post
      People are obsessed by Apple (positive sense).. and so am I! But i feel with the iPhone 4 things got a little out of proportion. To be frank, I wasn't happy with my iPhone 4.. just claimed my refund! Had 7 replacement phones in a month or so.. may be this is not the case with everyone! I did not face any dropped calls either.. but you hold the phone casually without any case or bumper, I bet my data speeds were affected big time.. kinda annoying at times even though the phone is "awe-inspiring". I hope that the iPhone next year will be better.. Going for the Desire HD.. for a change!
      You're not alone. I've gone through more replacements. Mainly from very little things that are not so little to me that most other people wouldn't catch.

      Most of my replacements had something new wrong with them. So the more replacements I got...the harder I looked at the phone and saw all the little things that affect most of these phones.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Well now we know why they'd rather buy from apple. At those prices it's worth the carrier-unlocked. Wish it was like that in the U.S.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I'm curious.. Please list specifically all the issues you had that required phone replacement.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Wait...the phone costs MORE if you sign up for a contract, than if you buy it unlocked??

      They really are backwards in China.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Wow, communist iPhones are expensive. And what's up with Apple charging $145 more for the device in China? It's even cheaper to ship since they're made there. The "unlock" feature isn't anything worth that money. It makes Apple no difference which carrier the device is on. Sounds like merciless price gouging on behalf of Apple and even worse on behalf of Unicom. Glad I don't live in that hellhole.
    1. risingkazuya05's Avatar
      risingkazuya05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      Wait...the phone costs MORE if you sign up for a contract, than if you buy it unlocked??

      They really are backwards in China.
      Yep, that's how we Asians roll, lol.
      Take this for an example, we make our drinks hot and our food cold!
    1. hellodrsoul's Avatar
      hellodrsoul -
      Similar phenomena can be observed if Apple can handle to lunch iPhone in other Asian countries.We are eager to get this piece of magic along with warranty.in my country people (including me) pay a handsome amount to buy an iPhone,which has no warranty as we get it through unofficial channels. Come on Apple.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by risingkazuya05 View Post
      Yep, that's how we Asians roll, lol.
      Take this for an example, we make our drinks hot and our food cold!
      That was funny!!

      I agree that it's strange. And I also wish it were like that here in the U.S as well.

      Wasn't there a store there that was advertising New iPhone 4's with it already jailbroken? Can't wait to see how that unfolds.
    1. topless1967stang's Avatar
      topless1967stang -
      I thought the average person in China could not afford something that expensive. I guess they get paid rather well in the large cities.
      But there are so many people in China, 1% of the population is several million people. So, maybe it makes sense.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Hey, maybe we'll get some good ol' Chinese hacker action in the jailbreak scene. That country should just get a small army of programmers to work on that right away. State-sponsored, of course.

      Heck, I don't care where the jailbreak comes from -- if there's an underground, quick'n'dirty Chinese jailbreak that gets Cydia on my iPod a few weeks before the Dev Team, I'll bite that bullet.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I'm curious.. Please list specifically all the issues you had that required phone replacement.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      Proximity sensor intermittent problems (after 4.1 update), duplicate text messages, screen yellowing after 4 days of usage, very loose volume buttons, loose vibrator unit inside the phone (no it's not normal) loose home button, crooked home button, crooked charger port pin connector, small knicks on the top edge of the phone, multiple crashes from native apps like messages and app store that actually crashed the whole phone, excessive power off time (20 seconds just to turn off vs 2 seconds on my current one and numerous others), wifi not connecting, excessive battery drain, dust/dirt underneath front/back glass.

      These issues were from both brand new white box retail swap phones as well as service replacements....which are also brand new. Apple will not sell refurbs through their Apple stores.

      If any of you fanboys don't believe this phone could have such a wide range of problems.....wake the f**k up and crawl out of your little Apple wonderworld box. It can and does. If u don't believe it I really don't care.

      ALL of these issues were verified by either the technical support over the phone or by an Apple Store employee themselves.....including the store managers.

      The only reason I still currently have the phone is because I seem to have finally found one that has none of those problems.....yet.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Apple iPhone 4 ftw! But why is iPhones more expensive in china then it is in the us?