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  • China Unicom Gets iPhone 4, iPad


    According to a brief report in the English-language Chinese media, Apple has settled with China Unicom on a deal to sell the iPhone 4 and iPad in China, less than a year since the iPhone 3GS became available and just a few days since a WiFi-enabled phone went on sale. The report indicated that China Unicom would be launching the new phone in early September, but didn't give a timetable for the iPad launch.

    Official iPhones are an expensive prestige item in China, with the new government-approved WiFi iPhone 3GS going for a whopping 4,999 yuan or $736 US at current rates. China Unicom offers some subsidies for customers that choose contracts, though these are are generally not popular in China. The government-owned carrier also recently decided to lower the price of the 32GB iPhone 3GS by 1,000 yuan in order to clear out inventory ahead of the expected iPhone 4 launch.

    The bad publicity surrounding the iPhone 4 antenna issue may have hit the "gray market' of unofficial phones brought in from overseas and Hong Kong. Bloomberg quoted China Daily as saying that the price of gray iPhones dropped to 6,000 yuan from 20,000 yuan in the month of July. However, follow-up reports in the Western media questioned whether the 20,000-yuan figure was for all iPhones, or just unlocked ones from the UK. Locked phones from the US and Hong Kong sell for less.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: China Unicom Gets iPhone 4, iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      That picture scares me
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's too expensive for an iPhone. At least, the Chinese can enjoy the iPad @ an reasonable price.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      steve needs his yuans
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Is China Unicom GSM?!?!?!
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      Is China Unicom GSM?!?!?!
      I know what you're getting at with this question. Yes they are GSM with a CDMA division but the iphone 4 they are receiving is on their GSM division since that is their larger of the 2 also the CDMA one is for sale. So close to an iphone on verizon...
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Glad to live in America !!
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Amen
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      Glad to live in America !!
      Why?

      So glad I live in a country where we have freedom of choice.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      ^ me too, I'd hate to live in a country with no healthcare and its illegal to be a communist
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      ah, canooks always want to bash america, we do have freedom of choice and the best healthcare in the world because it isn't run by the gov't. you guys speak rubbish, it also isn't illegal to be communist maybe in the fifties, wheres waldo, that was just a dumb response. but we aren't here to bash America. We are here to talk about this article, and I'm glad to live where the iPhone isn't $700 something. Even though that's pretty price, it is practically what we pay in america if you don't want to sign a contract with AT&T, otherwise you get a 32 gig iPhone for $300. Who knows if Verizon will lower the price of the iPhone with the signing of a contract. also, Verizon has very slow 3g service. And i don't want that. I want the fastest 3g experience in the market. So what if when I work in the boons i don't get 3g, I do in the denser of populations. Like good ol' Atlanta, not a frozen wasteland like Canada.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      ^ actually the anti communist law in the US is still around and we don't pay $700 for iPhones in Canada, we pay 159
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      ^ actually the anti communist law in the US is still around and we don't pay $700 for iPhones in Canada, we pay 159
      There are communist parties still in America, they just don't use that word anymore. So where as that law may be still in effect, it isn't enforced, and Canada has a different currency system. Plus you guys pay so much taxes to be taken care of by the gov't, the gov't is probly the one giving you a break, not apple.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Only Americans are so far up their own arse that they don't realise that the rest of the world feel sorry for them.
      Sad really.
      That is, of course, a sweeping generalisation worthy of an American....
      We don't care about what the rest of the world thinks, that's why we left England, that's why we be beat the hell out of the English (a real strong military at the time) with a little help from the french, We're all about independence, freedom of speech. And dude you can't spell work a sh*t. Just remember the freedom of speech part. Cause all i'm doing on here is backing up my country. We don't give two sh*ts about what the rest of the world thinks, but they sure do like our products that get created here in America, like hmmm.... you guys don't like iPhones do you? did a canook make it? No, an American company did. It's called the invisible hand, not what socialist countries have.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      ^-^
    1. Ericym's Avatar
      Ericym -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Only Americans are so far up their own arse that they don't realise that the rest of the world feel sorry for them.
      Sad really.
      That is, of course, a sweeping generalisation worthy of an American....
      yep,i agree what you say.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Stop it now. It doesn't matter where anyone is from. We are a community of users from all over the world.

      Infractions will be given out if it continues.

      Stay on topic.