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  • Chinese iPhone Imminent?


    Will the iPhone ever make it to China? According to Tech.QQ the answer is yes, by the end of September 2009 via China Unicom.
    • The Apple and China Unicom deal will be a 3-year exclusive.
    • The iPhone will be customized for the China market (e.g. Chinese language and preloaded with “for China” apps).
    • China Unicom will pay Apple 3,000 CNY ($439 USD) per unit.
    • China Unicom will subsidize iPhone by pricing the iPhone below the 3,000 CNY paid to Apple. This would take the official iPhone price below the grey-market price for smuggled iPhones.
    • China Unicom has promised to sell a minimum 1 million units per year with significantly higher sales targets.
    • The iPhone for China will make use of Apple’s China App Store.
    Maybe we can finally put the no yes no China iPhone news to rest.

    via iphonasia
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Chinese iPhone Imminent? started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. wakka102's Avatar
      wakka102 -
      so wait, is that 439$ WITH a contract or without? I thought the Iphone in America was more expensive then that without a contract or am I wrong.
    1. sikdaz's Avatar
      sikdaz -
      wow.. still
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      This is so exciting!
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Wooohooo my stock is going upppp ahaha
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ My thoughts exactly
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      “for China” apps - so lots of government spyware.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ lol +1
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      Quote Originally Posted by LGgeek View Post
      “for China” apps - so lots of government spyware.
      explain this joke to me please I wanna laugh...what is the relation between "government spyware and china?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
    1. Sherm23's Avatar
      Sherm23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Emelin27 View Post
      explain this joke to me please I wanna laugh...what is the relation between "government spyware and china?
      You serious? Big Brother? Government Control? Communism? Ladies and gentleman I believe someone needs to go take a Survey of world politics class at their local community college. Try to find the pothead hippie for a teacher, easier grading and sometimes more animated in their teaching strategy.

      could this be a CDMA iphone? I seem to remember hearing that that was a deal maker/breaker for China. If so that yields some loverly possibilities!
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      No CDMA Unicom is a GSM provider. Apple refused to make a CDMA version as it would require reconfiguring a lot of the existing hardware. With such successful sales all over the world there is no reason to change production types for one company/country.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      And the countdown to why China shoots down the iPhone for the 453rd time begins.
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      wicked
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by rwin84 View Post
      No CDMA Unicom is a GSM provider. Apple refused to make a CDMA version as it would require reconfiguring a lot of the existing hardware. With such successful sales all over the world there is no reason to change production types for one company/country.
      In that case, everyone should stop looking forward to Apple switching to Verizon, right?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      No Verizon iPhone folks!
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ^^Yea I didn't think so

      But if the rumors ARE true about apple signing to Verizon instead of AT&T then they would have to break that "rule" about GSM
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ yea, very true
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Apple will NOT go to verizon, as I have said many times it just ain't gonna happen.
      china Unicom used to own a CDMA network but them moved there CDMA network to China Telecom and now have a UMTS network.
      What I don't know, and would appreciate some help with, is what frequency their UMTS network runs on?

      [Edit] Scratch that, they use 2100Mhz. The same as just about everyone else outside of the Amercas[/Edit]
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ^^ I'm not a sir
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      China has Sciphones (horrible knockoffs!) just stick with that. LOL