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Is China finally ready for the iPhone?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 29 Jul 2009 15:58 User comments (4)

Is China finally ready for the iPhone? According to a translation by Engadget Mobile, it appears the iPhone may finally be headed to China, after years of negotiations.
The translation, from China's national news agency, says that massive mobile carrier China Unicom has locked down an exclusive contract with Apple that will last until 2012.

There were not much other details available, and the rumor has not been confirmed by Apple, but it appears the phone will be fully compatible with 3G networks in China. There has been word that Wi-Fi will be allowed in the phone.

EM also adds that if true, Unicom will be selling each handset at a loss, but making up the subsidy with contracts that will require data plans. Says the source: "At any rate, it's noted that Unicom will be snapping up the devices from Apple at a cost of around 3,000 Chinese yuan apiece ($439), with end users being asked to pay an undisclosed lesser amount on contract."

For now, Unicom says there is no deal complete, but we will keep you updated.

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4 user comments

130.7.2009 1:38

so i am really happy to see youe iphone so let me know the iphone is very nice to see & use also so y is so expension is lot of people wants to buy it but still too cost so when were is,s less let me know it thanks for that

230.7.2009 6:06

It's realy sad that the USA allowed a monopoly on the iPhone before China did.

330.7.2009 11:07

does it explode on remote command, does it have tracking capability's,does it record what you say whenever you say it and send it back to the Chinese authority's.

if the answer is no, there not quite ready yet.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Jul 2009 @ 11:08

430.7.2009 12:08

I can't honestly see why they would want it.. They make better chiphone clones for $40 in the first place.. way better.

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