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  • Unlocked iPhone 5S Reservations Continue to Deplete Quickly in China


    Customers in China who are looking to score a launch day reservation for an unlocked iPhone 5S may soon be out of luck. According to one report, Apple has already run out of inventory at all three Beijing Apple Stores with the unlocked 16 GB Space Gray iPhone 5S being the only device up for reservation in Beijing and Hong Kong.

    According to Chinese publication, Sina Tech, the gold iPhone 5S and the black iPhone 5S appear to be the most popular models in the countryís capital city respectively, with first day stock running out at the Sanlitun, Xidan Joy City and Wangfujing Apple Stores just two hours after reservations went live on Tuesday, local Beijing time.

    It should be noted that only the Beijing Apple Stores were included in the report, though the news sheds some light on Chinese demand for the handset. Both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C went up for reservations on Tuesday, with in-store pick-ups to commence on September 20.

    For those of you who didnít already know, Apple seems to be conducting Chinese iPhone sales a bit differently this year, requiring customers to text a special phone number to receive a booking code which is then to be entered into an online reservation system. After the step is completed, customers choose a specific device configuration, provide a form of accepted government issued identification and can then complete the purchase in-store at a designated time. Appleís pick-up reservation system was first instituted with the iPhone 4S to control crowds to help dissuade gray market sales of newly launched products.

    Although Apple hasnít provided iPhone 5C pre-order numbers, market watchers expect new deals with Japanís NTT DoCoMo and an anticipated agreement with China Mobile to drive an additional 35 million unit sales in 2014.

    Weíll have to wait and see how things turn out.

    Source: Sina Tech via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Unlocked iPhone 5S Reservations Continue to Deplete Quickly in China started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I think the only reason Apple seems to be doing well overseas right now, is because they have these new agreements with these cell phone companies. I doubt this success will be the same in the US.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      So let me get this right... you can pre-order/reserve a 5S in China but you cannot in the USA?
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      So let me get this right... you can pre-order/reserve a 5S in China but you cannot in the USA?
      There is a lot happening in the Asian markets. In Japan you can get the 5s essentially free on a contract after discounts.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Oh I understand that, but I work for a living and cannot take off time to wait in lines for a damn phone. I would of had to gotten in line last week until the 20th. Not gonna happen. I was hoping to get my new phone prior to a going out of town for about a half a month.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Oh I understand that, but I work for a living and cannot take off time to wait in lines for a damn phone. I would of had to gotten in line last week until the 20th. Not gonna happen. I was hoping to get my new phone prior to a going out of town for about a half a month.
      Just go at night after work. No lines. Done it several times.
    1. Lysias55's Avatar
      Lysias55 -
      i just ordered an iphone 5 so i'll have a phone till friday. guess i'll use the 5 as an ipod
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Oh I understand that, but I work for a living and cannot take off time to wait in lines for a damn phone. I would of had to gotten in line last week until the 20th. Not gonna happen. I was hoping to get my new phone prior to a going out of town for about a half a month.
      I have a feeling that if you walk in after work you will grab one.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      It all makes sense now. They sent a great inventory of 5S's to them to pre-order and make them happy. While we get to wait not able to pre-order do to lack of inventory because it went to China! LOL Just speculating of course.
    1. vazzana's Avatar
      vazzana -
      They make them...they get them first.
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      So let me get this right... you can pre-order/reserve a 5S in China but you cannot in the USA?
      WTF- mate, where's my Pre-order?