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11-02-2009, 08:21 AM #1
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.
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.
11-02-2009, 08:23 AM #2
Damn those Chinese have some money...
11-02-2009, 08:25 AM #3
11-02-2009, 08:49 AM #4
them and their millions of dongs....
11-02-2009, 08:52 AM #5
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11-02-2009, 09:05 AM #7
If you didnt know, China loves jailbroken iphone and thats why the non jailbroken iphone isnt selling in China. My friend who went china in June 2009, people asked her about jailbroken phone from US and see if it can be used in China which she wont know. Chinese people in China knows jailbroken phones are a lot cheaper in US and not in China.
11-02-2009, 09:46 AM #8
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11-02-2009, 10:19 AM #11
iPhone in China = FAIL lol. They're going to have to drop their prices a whole lot more for them to sell. The pay as you go option is a great choice for them and that contract with the high bills ain't gonna cut it with them. That's a whole other world out there!
11-02-2009, 10:51 AM #12
11-02-2009, 10:53 AM #13
Maybe they're not buying locked iPhones because they're tired of communism, and Comrade Jobs just ain't looking too good to them.
11-02-2009, 11:06 AM #14
11-02-2009, 11:24 AM #15
At&t is getting rich off my family 3 iphones apple sure isn't going to get rich in china
11-02-2009, 11:37 AM #16
11-02-2009, 11:44 AM #17
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11-02-2009, 12:14 PM #18
11-02-2009, 12:21 PM #19
Yes, there's definitely people who earn more than $3K/ year in China, but what's that percentage? You can't compare a $40K/year average in the U.S. versus $3K in China. And the AVERAGE user can afford the iPhone here - probably not in China.
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11-02-2009, 12:34 PM #20
At that rate, it'll only take them 623 years to sell the 5,000,000 iPhones they bought from Apple.Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?
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