Crazy Demand For iPhone 4 In China

News | Wednesday September 29 2010 11:25 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , ,

To put the numbers in perspective, China Unicom has said that the carrier has only fulfilled half of the 200,000 pre-orders made until now. The massive demand has forced the carrier to suspend online reservations temporarily and customers are instead asked to sign up for a device directly at one of the retail stores.
The sale of 100,000
in the US and four other countries during the launch weekend in June. However, it may be worth noting that 3G usage is still emerging in China with less than 10 million of the over 160 million China Unicom subscribers owning phones that are 3G-enabled. So the adoption of smartphones like the iPhone 4 is seen as one of the primary factors that will help in driving the growth of 3G networks.
“Working in groups, the scalpers lead willing customers to an empty stairway in the same mall, where their cohorts keep stacks of iPhone 4s in the original packaging. One scalper was offering the 16-gigabyte version of the device for 5,400 yuan, or about 795 dollars, a 10-percent mark-up over the sticker price.”
A flare up between scalpers and a number of customers is also reported to have created a lot of chaos that forced one of the stores to shut down briefly. Apple Stores are now reported to be asking customers for their identification proof besides restricting the sale to two-per-customer.
With the rise in popularity of the iPhone in China, do you think the country will be the next big market for Apple ? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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