China Unicom to launch iPhone on Oct. 15th. $293 for 8G, $439 for 16G on a 2 year, $27 a month contract
The talk about when Apple’s iPhone is getting into to China has been going on almost since the day of the launch.
And last month Apple finally managed to clinch the deal with one of the smaller (for China) operators, to start selling it. But no shipping date or price info has been made official yet.
We still don’t have anything official about the iPhone’s launch over there, but as China Unicom is preparing to ship the device, the info about it started trickling out from the regional offices and sales channels.
According to China Business Times, China Unicom has set an internal iPhone launch date for October 15th. Two iPhone models – 8GB and 16 GB – will be shipped. 8GB iPhone in China will cost 1999 yuan ($293), with 16GB model selling at 2999 yuan ($439). Both models with be offered on a 2 year contracts, starting at 186 yuan ($27) a month.
Well, it would be interesting to see how iPhone does in China. But, if the rumors of the price points above are true, I think that sales should be pretty brisk. 690 million strong mobile user base is actually bigger then the U.S. and Western Europe combined.
And, if you consider that there already are around 1.5 million grey market iPhones in China, which were bought at an average price of $680, the deal offered by China Unicom sounds pretty darn good.