iPhone 4 May Already Be Sold Out in China
It now appears that it took less than one full weekend of availability for the iPhone 4 to be all but officially sold out in China.
As reported yesterday on MMi
by Paul, the iPhone 4 went on sale for the first time in China this weekend with massive crowds gathering outside Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai. As the article noted, the only authorized carrier in the country, China Unicom, had received 200,000 pre-orders before sales even began.
On Sunday, China Unicom admitted trouble meeting demand, but sidestepped saying what appears to now be a fact in China - the iPhone 4 is sold out. And shipments of product are being absorbed too fast for swelling consumer demand to be met. Although this reality surprises few, it is once again difficult to believe that Apple would proceed with a massive product roll out in the world's largest mobile community without adequate supply.
"More iPhones will be available soon and customers should check back with their local store or online for updates on availability," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu told MarketWatch earlier today. The statement followed news that China Unicom sold 60,000 iPhones on the first day of availability in addition to the aforementioned 200,000 preorders.