IPhone Demand Outstrips Supply in China
Posted by Author on September 25, 2010
By OWEN FLETCHER, wsj.com, Sep. 25, 2010 –
BEIJING— China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. said its supply of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4 handsets is insufficient to meet user demand but that it will increase its supply as quickly as possible. Sales of the model started at a much faster pace than when older versions of the iPhone went on sale in China last year.
Unicom had received more than 200,000 iPhone 4 preorders by early Saturday, the day sales started, and more than 40,000 buyers received the phone and a bundled mobile-service plan that day, Unicom said. By comparison, Unicom last year sold 100,000 iPhone handsets in roughly six weeks after officially introducing the devices in China in late October.
The latest version of Apple’s popular smartphone was widely awaited in China and could help Unicom attract more users to its third-generation mobile services, which are more expensive but offer faster data speeds than typical services. Unicom, the only network operator in China to offer the iPhone, is competing with rivals China Mobile Ltd. and China Telecom Corp. to build its 3G subscriber base.
An Apple spokeswoman said more iPhones will be available soon and that customers should check online or with local stores regarding availability…...(more details from Wall Street Journal)
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