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08-13-2009, 07:31 PM #21
Just leave Ver$on, those money hungry thieves, and go with Tmobile.
Cost less, still no 3G though... But we do get MMS and tethering...!
08-13-2009, 07:41 PM #22
Just to clear some things up:
If the China Unicom iPhone isn't subsided then they might have trouble selling it since the iPhone already sells on the Chinese grey market for a mere 400 yuan ($59) to 1,000 yuan ($146).
After living here in China for about a year and looking into iPhone stuff here I have not seen any Apple iPhones for sale at that price. There are plenty of cheap knock-offs for about that price but no real iPhones.
Also here in China "iPhone" is a registered trademark of a local cell-phone manufacture and is on many different models of phones.
China might have some phones that are "more advanced" then the iPhone but not across the board. Even with that though, the iPhone is very popular here and I see many people with them or the cheap knock-offs walking around.
I should have said: You're going to pay about a 10% premium over the US non-subsidized price.
Last edited by eremeya; 08-13-2009 at 07:41 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
08-13-2009, 10:08 PM #23
Hey Sayam any idea as to when the iphone 3GS will launch in India...as there is no announcement yet...wherein last year the 3G was announced on the 6th of August and was put on sale on the 22nd of August...Do you know any place in Mumbai where I can get the iphone 3GS through grey market.
08-13-2009, 11:50 PM #24
^^ Its available @ Heera Panna but for a stupid price of Rs.40000 (800$) for a Locked Piece (Soft Unlocked obviously) and Rs.50000 (1000$) for a 32GB.
Ofcourse, you can haggle and get it down to 36k for 16GB and 45k for the 32GB.
I just ordered mine from eBay Australia, because the iPhone 3GS is coming to India only mid/end of September. Heard this from the manager for a local iStore. Its because Apple has a shortage of stock (understandable) so their ignoring India for now (unbelievable )
Last edited by Ad1tya; 08-13-2009 at 11:53 PM.
08-14-2009, 12:27 AM #25
wth...this is insane...if it is launched in Sept end or start of Oct this means there is only a period of 9-10 months for the Jun 2010 ver ...Really bad organizational skills and production power(especially when you are producing in China with all that manpower) Apple on top of that you are even jeopardizing your brand name by sidetracking countries that are supposed to get the iphone in Aug as per the schedule date mentioned at WWDC just to meet the shortage where it has already been launched
08-14-2009, 01:21 AM #26
Sales in India have been really poor so they are concentrating on markets that actually want the iPhone...He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
08-14-2009, 05:16 AM #27
whatever the case i just dont feel its professional on Apple's part to mention Aug as the launching month in the presentation at WWDC and then not launch as per schedule.
08-14-2009, 05:27 AM #28
08-14-2009, 06:04 AM #29
and thats when the brand reputation goes down...the reason...money...well lets be positive and see what happens as we still have 17 days to go in Aug...fingers crossed.
08-14-2009, 10:15 AM #30
I have a strong suspicion that the iphone is not going to do well in a "white" market, in china. Why would it? They can get "grey" market phones that actually have wifi for almost the same price. I sense epic fail.This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
08-16-2009, 10:39 PM #31
As to why there's no wifi function for the iPhone in China, I guess they're trying to force iPhone users to use their 3G network for web and other internet activities. Starting early this year, China Unicom started a campagin to promote their new 3G network. It has nothing to do with the wifi standard, which is the same as everywhere else in the world.
Fail or not, it all depends on the market price of the iPhone and the rate of 3G network. The coverage of the 3G network is very decent. If the rate could come down a bit, there should be plenty market for the iPhone in China.
Edit: I did a quick search. It appears that the market price for the iPhone will be around CNY2000(about USD300) with a 2 years plan, which is not bad compared to the CNY5000(almost USD700) price you'll have to pay in the grey market.
Last edited by pewpewouch; 08-16-2009 at 10:47 PM.
08-17-2009, 12:25 AM #32
The reason it has no widi is because the 802.xx standards used in the rest of the world are not approved in China.
There is no point in buying an iPhone with WiFi because there is no Wifi for it it connect to!He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
08-17-2009, 09:08 AM #33
08-18-2009, 10:16 PM #34
yeahhhh good luck with that China
08-19-2009, 12:46 AM #35
08-19-2009, 12:49 AM #36
It certainly shouldn't have done!
I'm sure there are some illegal WiFi networks there but that doesn't make it the norm or anything thr chinese government would sanction.He who asks a question looks foolish for 5 minutes. He who doesn't ask a question remains foolish forever.
08-19-2009, 12:58 AM #37