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iPhone headed to China, officially

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 28 Aug 2009 22:49 User comments (8)

iPhone headed to China, officially China Unicom has announced officially that the iPhone is headed to China, sometime in the Q4 of this year.
The launch will mark the first time the smartphone has reached the Asian nation after years of negotiations.

China has about 690 million mobile subscribers total and Unicom has about 141 million subscribers.

There are some notable differences from the Unicom deal compared to other iPhone deals however. Unicom must sell the phone for three years and will not share any revenue with Apple. The phones will be bought at wholesale prices and resold to consumers with a subsidy by Unicom to lower prices.

Wi-Fi is stripped from the Chinese iPhone, per government ruling. The phone should work with Unicom's new 3G network.

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8 user comments

128.8.2009 23:20

"China Unicom has announced officially that the iPhone is headed to China, sometime in the Q4 of this year"
-One week they completely deny it, the next week the confirm it...reminds me of Sony.

"will not share any revenue with Apple."
-It's nice to know that apple is more concerned with making the Chinese government look good than with making money, I am sure their capitalist stock holders are thrilled.

"Wi-Fi is stripped from the Chinese iPhone, per government ruling."
-It must be nice to run a company that is part of the Chinese government...

229.8.2009 0:20

Government tracking there's and app for that, making your Iphone explode while talking about your governments unfairness there's an app for that. turning your Iphone into a nuclear beacon yeap there's an app for that. theres an app for just about anything that suits your government needs. the all new iphone 3G/C only on the worlds most communist network.

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329.8.2009 0:56

There's an app for that, rofl!

429.8.2009 2:01

Originally posted by DXR88:
Government tracking there's and app for that, making your Iphone explode while talking about your governments unfairness there's an app for that. turning your Iphone into a nuclear beacon yeap there's an app for that. theres an app for just about anything that suits your government needs. the all new iphone 3G/C only on the worlds most communist network.
LOL


529.8.2009 10:21

What is the government ruling that doesn't allow for wifi? It's understandable why this took so long to make, since Apple won't even be receiving revenue for the phones besides actual hardware sales from what they sell.

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629.8.2009 10:21

dont forget the most important app!


TEH F@RT APP

730.8.2009 12:48

So will this new Communist Edition iPhone come in red?

830.8.2009 22:58

Originally posted by Morreale:
So will this new Communist Edition iPhone come in red?
It would make it easier to find...having it close makes it easier for the government to listen in on you even when you are not making a call. (iParanoid app)

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