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09-29-2009, 05:24 AM #1
China Unicom Offering Five Versions of the iPhone
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Only hours away from Apple's iPhone becoming available for preorder in China, we're learning more about Unciom's big plans for the device in the largest mobile community in the world.
PC World is reporting this morning that five versions of the iPhone will initially be offered, each with a variety of service plan options when the operator officially takes the device to market in October.
China Unicom initially said the iPhone 3G would be priced at around 5,000 yuan (US$732) when it goes on sale in October, but the operator didn't offer detailed pricing for the eight service plans that it will offer customers. On Tuesday, China Unicom offered more specifics of its pricing plans, saying it would begin taking preorders for the phones on Oct. 1, when it launches its commercial 3G service.
With the cheapest contract, which costs 126 yuan per month, the 8GB iPhone 3G will set customers back 3,099 yuan, while the 16GB and 32GB versions of the iPhone 3GS will cost 3,999 yuan and 4,999 yuan, respectively. Customers willing to pay for the second-most expensive plan, which costs 586 yuan per month, can get an 8GB iPhone 3G for free, or pay 99 yuan for a 16GB iPhone 3GS or 999 yuan for a 32GB iPhone 3GS.
What else do we know about October's launch? According to PC World, the 16GB and 32GB versions of the iPhone 3G will have a color option, as both will be available in either black or white. The 8GB iPhone 3G, however, will only be available in black.
It should be noted, though, that Chinese customers who opt for the priciest service plan with a two-year contract at 886 yuan per month, will get the iPhone device itself for free. But unlike the premiere data package for the iPhone in the US (which, obviously, includes unlimited calls and messages) even the most expensive service plan in China caps minutes at 3,000 per month.
Last edited by Michael Essany; 09-29-2009 at 05:33 AM.
09-29-2009, 05:32 AM #2
cool. maybe the 3g s can be jailbroken again now that it is will be in the hands of a billion new users....
09-29-2009, 05:38 AM #3
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09-29-2009, 06:09 AM #4
Why can't the dev team do a factory unlock? It's seems tedius for every firmware update we need to look for an unlock update? Doubt apple will unlock anything in the US. China has a great deal.
09-29-2009, 06:24 AM #5
09-29-2009, 06:45 AM #6
i'm glad that i'm using 32gb 3gs factory unlocked version...
09-29-2009, 07:24 AM #7
Onward march Apple. This is going to push our community to a whole new level.This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
09-29-2009, 08:01 AM #8
09-29-2009, 08:36 AM #9
09-29-2009, 08:41 AM #10
I was like - 5 versions of the iPhone?! It is the different plans I believe.
09-29-2009, 09:04 AM #11
Factory unlock : i absolutely agree with you this is the best choice. even if they ask for money i will pay.
09-29-2009, 09:50 AM #12
Yes, i think that the devteam should be able to do a permanent unlock. I know they already can jailbreak the 3GS, but why they will not release it is beyond me. I think they like playing cat and mouse with us as much as they do apple.
EDIT: changed "factory unlock" to "permanent unlock" due to next post.
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09-29-2009, 10:11 AM #13
Um just letting you guys know that the iPhone Dev Team, can't do a factory unlock. They could possibly somehow in the future do a permanent unlock, but it won't be a factory unlock because a factory unlock is unlocked from the factory.
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09-29-2009, 10:26 AM #14
That is what i mean was a permanent unlock like a factory unlock. Will edit my prior post.
Just making that clear.
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09-29-2009, 01:31 PM #15
China market is really gonna rise Apple sale number.
09-29-2009, 03:03 PM #16
09-29-2009, 03:14 PM #17
does this mean we will be seeing a lot more jailbreak groups and have faster jailbreaks or simpler jailbreaking processes?
09-29-2009, 04:59 PM #18
Why don't we get five versions of the iPhone?Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
09-29-2009, 05:45 PM #19
Wow. So the cheapest plan is only $18.45 in USD?
And then, on the second most expensive plan ($85.81 USD) gets you the 8GB 3G for free, 16GB 3GS for $14.50 USD, or the 32GB 3GS for $146.29? Looks like the 16GB 3GS is the sweet spot.Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?
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09-29-2009, 09:21 PM #20
I'll bet the Chinese government will outlaw jailbreaking just like how pretty much everything on the internet is censored over there. They have their own version of Google, right?