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  • iPhone Total Sales at China's Only Apple Store: 11


    The iPhone officially launched in China over the weekend, after years of grey-market availability through unlocked iPhones streaming in from Hong Kong. Although the main sales channel is service provider China Unicom Ltd., one indication of the lukewarm reception can be seen in the sales numbers at Apple's only retail outlet in Beijing: ten on Saturday, and grand total of one on Sunday.

    The Wall Street Journal captured the gloomy mood in its story today:

    Hundreds of people braved cold and rain to attend a Friday night party thrown by China Unicom Ltd., the state-owned carrier selling the iPhone, at a Beijing shopping center. Still, the crowd seemed subdued compared with the thousands who turned up at stores when the iPhone was introduced in markets such as the U.S. and Japan, where it quickly sold out in many locations. As of Sunday night, stores around Beijing still had the iPhone in stock.
    The main reason for the lackluster sales is almost certainly the high price: without a service contract, a Chinese user will have to pay 4,999 ($732) for the 8-gigabyte iPhone 3G, 5,880 ($861) for a 16-gigabyte 3GS and 6,999 ($1,025) for a 32-gigabyte 3GS. China Unicom offers 8 different 3G service packages, ranging from 126 ($18) a month to 886 ($130) a month.

    So if you buy a 32 GB iPhone 3GS and get Unicom’s top of the line data plan,you'll end up dropping 21,000 ($3,076) over two years for phone and service. By comparison, buying the same model in the US with AT&T’s most expensive plan will cost about $2,600 over two years.

    If you buy phone and service from China Unicom, though, they subsidize your bill. And it's important to remember that Chinese users generally do pay-as-you-go with phone cards rather than service contracts. So if you take into account two years of the service packages with subsidies that come with that China Unicom iPhone users can see from 10% to 27% of savings even compared to grey-market iPhones because of the cost of pay-as-you-go monthly service (the amount of the discount, of course, is going to depend on the model iPhone and the kind of service package you buy).

    However, the combination of the higher upfront cost and the lack of WiFi - which will force users to get all of their data over 3G - will be a significant hurdle for Unicom to overcome in the months to come. I'd expect further giveaways and price drops as they struggle to make inroads on a grey market that's already 2 illion strong by some accounts.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Total Sales at China's Only Apple Store: 11 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. RaginAsian55's Avatar
      RaginAsian55 -
      That's insane pricing!! China is a communist country and they haven't *quite* industrialized yet to have a middle (or maybe even upper) class that makes that much money. Insane.

      I wonder why they've priced it so high? Do they expect sales to go up? I mean, what was their marketing strategy to get this thing moving?... China....
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Thomson Reuters
      Vietnam c.bank to buy forex to boost dong liquidity
      10.28.09, 02:15 AM EDT


      HANOI, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Vietnam's central bank reiterated that it would keep benchmark interest rates unchanged until early 2010, and pledged on Wednesday to boost dong liquidity at banks when necessary by purchasing their foreign currencies.

      "dong" is a form of cash kind of like "quarter" or "nickle". it just sounds funnier
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I pay $58 on tmobile my mom pays $72 per month both using 2g unlocked iPhones in the USA and I just assumed china been using iPhone unlocked already and though apple was moving slow to get it there.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I wouldn't pay that much money for an iPhone without WiFI.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      Epic fail
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoti View Post
      I think he meant "Dogs" LOL
      No, Mao Tze Dong,
    1. BecomingxInsane's Avatar
      BecomingxInsane -
      I can't believe the phone doesn't have WiFi.
      That's a fail.
    1. Sowhatu's Avatar
      Sowhatu -
      in the video: "is walmart good for america", they went to a chinese LCD/Plasma TV factory in china, and found out the average worker there makes the equivalent of .50 Cents USD/Hour.

      they gotta work 2 hours to make $1.00 !!!!

      no wonder why they cant afford iPhone!!!!!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      China is a big market for Apple if they can bring down the price. I think the Chinese is smart enough to not spend that kind of money on a phone.

      Quote Originally Posted by Sowhatu View Post
      in the video: "is walmart good for america", they went to a chinese LCD/Plasma TV factory in china, and found out the average worker there makes the equivalent of .50 Cents USD/Hour.

      they gotta work 2 hours to make $1.00 !!!!

      no wonder why they cant afford iPhone!!!!!

      That is true for most of China. Because the statistic base on a billions people. I worked in Beijing last year, and there are numbers of Chinese who made a very healthy wages. The Chinese is very conservative. Most people are not in debt like we are in the US. The only way Apple can sell iPhone in China is by lower the price. By a lot.
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Uh, actually they don't have money, which is why the phone isn't selling.
      there are more middle class chinese then middle class americans even though no hierarchy class exist in china maybe :0 , i think the chinese is smart enough to not spend that kind of money for an over price iphone would you? ,and they also like to save money unlike alot of americans that dont know how to manage their money,pretty much most americans are in debt just like a bloated cow??

      so yeah if there are chinese people in china that "dont have money" neither do those " american people in america that doesnt have money" i wonder why ?

      dont take this comment personal ,the chinese will do the same

      Quote Originally Posted by zoti View Post
      I think he meant "Dogs" LOL
      no he means "hot dogs" as in white pigs oink oink fat mommy and daddy lol
    1. Juar3z's Avatar
      Juar3z -
      Quote Originally Posted by clikzip View Post
      If they have money its because we send all of our industry overseas..
      Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than every Nike factory worker in Malaysia combined
    1. astalavistadear's Avatar
      astalavistadear -
      Quote Originally Posted by clikzip View Post
      if they have money its because we send all of our industry overseas..
      and thats all coz ppl in first world countries cant work and get their arse off the computers... Lol jk..

      Well they have money coz they work for it and the industry is supported by ludicrous entrpreneurs who enslave them for meagre wages which is not ethicallly supported by respective countries
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Juar3z View Post
      Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than every Nike factory worker in Malaysia combined
      jackie chan makes more money from the entertainment industry annually than every entertainment studio (dvd manufacturing/producing) factory worker in mexico combined , is that about right? i would assume so
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      apparently China has the Meizu M8. here's a brief quote from MSN.

      "The Meizu M8 sports a 3.4-inch display and looks for all the world like an iPhone knock-off.

      Sold in either of two colors -- black or white -- the M8 comes configured with 8GB or 16GB of data storage space, a 3.2-megapixel camera, an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, a distance infrared sensor and a touch sensor -- and it's unavailable outside China.

      The Meizu M8 runs on a customized version on Windows CE 6.0 and costs around $293 (unlocked). This is one phone that has no chance of popping up in the U.S. market."
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      Thomson Reuters
      Vietnam c.bank to buy forex to boost dong liquidity
      10.28.09, 02:15 AM EDT


      HANOI, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Vietnam's central bank reiterated that it would keep benchmark interest rates unchanged until early 2010, and pledged on Wednesday to boost dong liquidity at banks when necessary by purchasing their foreign currencies.

      "dong" is a form of cash kind of like "quarter" or "nickle". it just sounds funnier
      OHHHH...i thought it was the other type of "dong" haha >.< silly me!
    1. zlimon007's Avatar
      zlimon007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      apparently China has the Meizu M8. here's a brief quote from MSN.

      "The Meizu M8 sports a 3.4-inch display and looks for all the world like an iPhone knock-off.

      Sold in either of two colors -- black or white -- the M8 comes configured with 8GB or 16GB of data storage space, a 3.2-megapixel camera, an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, a distance infrared sensor and a touch sensor -- and it's unavailable outside China.

      The Meizu M8 runs on a customized version on Windows CE 6.0 and costs around $293 (unlocked). This is one phone that has no chance of popping up in the U.S. market."
      no wonder the iphone didnt sell as expected over there!!