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China Unicom has bold expectations for iPhone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 Nov 2009 19:07 User comments (2)

China Unicom has bold expectations for iPhone China Unicom, the nation's second largest mobile carrier and currently the only to offer the iPhone has said that it expects the smartphone to control one-tenth of all Chinese 3G users in the next "couple of years," a bold prediction for a phone that it said to have sold as little as 5000 units in its first week.
According to a Unicom senior exec however, the company sees strong demand from business users. "We expect the handset to attract over 10 percent of China’s 3G users in the following two to three years."

Chairman Chang Xiaobing went even further by saying that he expects the smartphone to become China's best-selling.

One of the main problems cited for slow sales is the phone's inflated price. Without contract, the higher capacity model sells for 6,999 yuan ($1000+ USD).

There are over 2 million users using gray-market iPhones in China currently.

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2 user comments

123.11.2009 0:15

The phone won't sell nearly that many if it's going to be stripped of so many of it's features like wifi. Otherwise, I bet it would have sold millions instead of a pultry 5000 units. Duh!

223.11.2009 18:30

Maybe there's just no true demand, not because of the product, but because everyone in China uses a hacked phone anyway.

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