The iPhone 4 was launched in China this past weekend, and reports are in that the entire first batch has been sold out.
Apple’s carrier partner in China is China Unicom, the country’s second biggest mobile network, and its VP, Li Gang, has told reporters that all of the 100,000 iPhone 4s that made up their first order to Apple have been sold in just four days.
Furthermore, there were a total of 200,000 pre-orders made, so the next 100,000 iPhones will probably fly off the shelves just as easily. China Unicom have now stopped taking online reservations for the smartphone, and are instead telling potential customers to go directly to a store to sign up for the device.
The launch of the iPhone 4 in China has, unsurprisingly, managed to outsell that of the 3G and 3GS. It took a whole month for those models to reach 100,000 units sold.
China Unicom expects the iPhone 4 to be back in stock this Friday, October 1st.
The reason for more people buying the iPhone 4 than previous models is pretty simple: as time passes, more and more people switch to smartphones. This trend is a global one, and as such is obviously also valid in China. Apple had a share of 7.1% of the Chinese smartphone market before the iPhone 4 went on sale.
And the good sales start clearly helped it gain a teeny bit more there. However, to put things into perspective, that’s 100,000 phones sold in 4 days in a country that has more than a billion inhabitants. It may be a nice round number, and it clearly is a step up from previous Apple smartphone sales in China, but it’s nowhere near groundbreaking. Let’s just keep that in mind.
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