iPhone Finally Official in China
No rumors or analyst reports this time guys! It's really really official! China will be getting the iPhone in Q4 this year - not too far eh? Per the official press announcement, China Unicom and Apple signed a 3 year contract, opposed to the 5 years rumored before.
On 28 August, the Company and Apple reached a three-year agreement for the Company to sell iPhone in China. The initial launch is expected to be in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009. This will provide users with brand new communication and information experience.
The carrier will be getting handsets in wholesale from Apple and all this with NO revenue-sharing as opposed to most of the other 80 countries, including the USA. There will be TWO 3G iPhone models - and that's all the specs for now! After years of anticipation, they write JUST a tiny little paragraph
saying it's coming - that too hidden in a non-dedicated press release - NOT good on the carrier's part. Anyhow, Apple has been eyeing the Chinese release for about 2 years and I do expect they are happy with whatever was decided. Chinese market will definitely be hard to deal with but let's hope all goes well after this.