China Unicom sold over 100,000 iPhones since October
Officially introduced in China at the end of October, Apple’s iPhone has been sold by China Unicom in more than 100,000 units.
That’s not a bad number when you first look at it, but China Unicom has more than 140 million customers, which means that only about 0.07% of them wanted (and could afford) the iPhone.
By comparison, KT (South Korea’s second largest carrier with about 14 million users) said that it received 60,000 iPhone pre-orders before the smartphone’s launch.
China Unicom is offering both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS to its customers. They are sold without Wi-Fi, unlike the iPhones you can find on the Chinese grey market – and that’s certainly one of the reasons the carrier sold only 100,000 units until now (despite calling the smartphone a “great success”).
It’s estimated that 1 million iPhones were already sold in China before its official release.
Via PC World