China Unicom Sell iPhone

Following the official launch of the iPhone in China by the nation’s second largest China cell phone carrier,China Unicom. China Unicom Chairman Chang Xiaobing said he expects iPhone to become China’s best-selling smartphone.

According to an article over on apple insider, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has said although the launch of the iPhone in China was “soft” such a slow start has not made him adjust his prediction of some 9.2 million iPhone handset sales in the December quarter. Li Yizhong, minister of the industry and information technology, had earlier said China plans to have around 240 million 3G users by 2012.

Tian, however, dismissed such charges. He said the pricing of the phone is “very reasonable for those who spend heavily on their phone bills every month”.

It said recently that it expects nearly 10 percent of the third generation (3G) users in the country to switch to Apple Inc’s iPhone in the next couple of years.

Tian Wenke, general manager of corporate business department of China Unicom, told China Daily that the smart phone has already evoked good interest from business users. “We expect nearly 10 percent of China’s 3G users to buy iPhones,” Tian said at an industry forum in Hangzhou.

The company had signed up only 5,000 iPhone users after the first two days of its debut last month. In comparison, nearly 1 million units of the smartphone were sold in the first three days when the latest model was launched in North America and Europe in June.

China Unicom also feels that if it were to price the iPhone lower, then users would buy the handset, but run it on the network of its rival carrier China Mobile, which has a nearly 70 percent share of China’s mobile market. Many Chinese users are hesitant to subscribe to China Unicom, as they want to retain their original phone numbers, which is not transferable, according to the current regulation. This has become another reason for the sales of iPhone.

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