China Unicom will launch iPhone 4 next month, gets iPad 3G exclusive too
China Unicom, the second biggest carrier in China, has been Apple’s partner for quite a while now.
Just last week they started selling WiFi-enabled iPhone 3GS smartphones.
And a source inside China Unicom now claims that they are preparing to launch Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone, the iPhone 4.
This will apparently happen in early September, but not on September 13th, as previous rumors had it. Either way, “early” September can’t mean anything past the half of the month, so those wanting to purchase an iPhone 4 in China (and who haven’t gone the grey market import way) only have at most one more month to wait, which can only be good news.
Micro SIMs will make their debut on the Chinese market with the iPhone 4 launch.
According to the same source, China Unicom has also secured a deal with Apple to be the sole distributor of Apple’s iPad in the Chinese market. There’s no release date yet, but it looks like China Unicom may only sell the 3G version of the iPad. Which makes sense, as they’re a mobile operator and thus most interested in revenue from iPad 3G data plans.
We’ll bring you more details when they are available.