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Old Aug 27, 2009, 02:48 PM   #1
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China Unicom to Announce iPhone Deal Tomorrow?



Reuters reports that China Unicom may officially announce a deal to bring the iPhone to China as soon as tomorrow. While the information comes from an anonymous analyst citing other unnamed sources, a China Unicom spokeswoman did confirm that the iPhone will be a topic of discussion at a media briefing scheduled for tomorrow to discuss company earnings.
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A China Unicom spokeswoman said the iPhone would undoubtedly be discussed on Friday when Unicom is set to hold a media briefing to discuss its results for the first half of 2009, but she did not say whether an agreement would be announced.
Rumors of an impending deal between Apple and China Unicom have been circulating for some time, but have heated up this month following reports that Apple executive Steve Joswiak and other company representatives were scheduled to travel to Beijing to meet with China Unicom representatives. A report several weeks ago based on statements from a China Unicom subsidiary sales manager claimed that a deal had finally been struck to bring 5 million China-specific iPhones lacking Wi-Fi connectivity to the country, but the claim was quickly denied by company officials in Beijing.

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Again? another rumor about the iPhone and China Unicom?
I'm going to hit the snooze button. Let me know when they announce an official deal.


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Steve Joswiak?

Who is that? I've honestly never heard of this guy. At first I thought it was a misspelling of Steve Wozniak, but then I remembered he hasn't worked at Apple in quite a while so I googled... turns out there really is an Apple executive named that.
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Haven't we already known about this announcement?
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Steve Joswiak?

Who is that? I've honestly never heard of this guy. At first I thought it was a misspelling of Steve Wozniak, but then I remembered he hasn't worked at Apple in quite a while so I googled... turns out there really is an Apple executive named that.
It's his Chinese analogue
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[QUOTE=snowleopard2009;8365228]Maybe I'm clueless. I thought China is POOR. Most don't even have a car. They are getting cheap $7000 cars now. How can millions of people afford a $600 iPhone and monthly plan (or subsidized... whatever... either way you pay for it).

And do you think the AAPL stock will go crazy when this happens?


Even if your assumption of China being poor is correct, with the top 1% of a population of 1.3 BILLION people that would leave 13 million people who aren't poor, and again that's just 1%. This market segment craves "Western" goods. No wonder there are no iPhones available in the rest of the world right now, production must have been shifted to account for this huge emerging market.
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Maybe I'm clueless. I thought China is POOR. Most don't even have a car. They are getting cheap $7000 cars now. How can millions of people afford a $600 iPhone and monthly plan (or subsidized... whatever... either way you pay for it).
Just like America, there are people working in jobs that are supervisors at factories, people that manage the business aspect, sales people, human resources, marketing, etc, etc. Sure the vast majority of China may be poor, but there are millions of people over there that are making salaries equivalent to middle-class Americans. Have you seen photos of Beijing and Shanghai? (Wikipedia it right now) There are tall skyscrapers just like we have in major American cities. In those skyscrapers are people wearing fancy suits, working in fancy offices, and making big bucks. China has corporations just like the rest of the world does.

Here is a photo of Beijing from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2007-10-11-BJFS.JPG
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Maybe I'm clueless. I thought China is POOR. Most don't even have a car. They are getting cheap $7000 cars now. How can millions of people afford a $600 iPhone and monthly plan (or subsidized... whatever... either way you pay for it).

And do you think the AAPL stock will go crazy when this happens?


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The phone will be released here for approximately 225USD. It will require a contract and yes, will be subsidized. This is for the 8GB version of the phone. About a month ago I purchased a 3G net card for the computer and it cost ¥1600 for one year of service with 10 hours of usage per day, unlimited data transfer. Not sure how they are going to work this. Most of the users over here are just on a pay as you go plan so I am curious to find out if the data access will be the only thing that requires a contract.

The iPhone is already here in mass quantities. The carrier unlocked versions are brought in from Hong Kong or the lucky people that can get out on a Hong Kong passport go there and buy them. Every weekend while I am out and about I see them in use. I went in to Hong Kong to get my phone as well and have been using it on China Mobile's network. Only thing that sucks is that the data is GPRS and is not as fast as 3G. But at least I have data access so all is good.

Yes, there are LOTS of poor people in China but then again, there are LOTS of people that have a lot of money. Most people do not have cars here because it costs a fortune to own one. On the flipside though there are people that have Hummers and other vehicles which cost in the neighborhood of 80,000.00 plus USD that get taxed 100% when they are imported. Not only that the roads and highways are not setup to support a lifestyle like we are accustomed to in the West. Mass transit here in China is phenomenal.

Getting back to the money part of things. Life in China is far different from life in the West. We have houses and car payments and all sorts of other burdens that a lot of people here do not have. So while people make significantly less money they tend to be able to buy some things that would be considered unaffordable. You see lots of people walking around with PSP's and other gear that you would think would be way out of their price range.

The people here LOVE the iPhone. Two weeks ago while I was in DongGuan I went into a shopping mall that was wall to wall counterfeit iPhone shops. The word iPhone was EVERYWHERE. Of course, the phones looked pretty damn convincing until you turned it on and saw that gawdawful software running on them. The "techni-color" color scheme was enough to make me barf. The touch screen was also damn near perfect. Not the same pillowy face like I have seen on a lot of the knock-offs. Of course, the factory that produces the touch screens is right in DongGuan so I am sure that there is some knowledge transfer taking place locally.

Anyways, I think the iPhone will be a huge success here. I will be on the train fiddling with it and I will hear people go "oh! ping guo“ (哦!苹果!). They really like Apple stuff. At least the phone will be priced decently. The computers here are so taxed and marked up that they cost double what you pay in the U.S. People have asked me to buy one in the U.S. while I am home and bring them back. 13" Macbook Pro's run a cool ¥13,000 at the few stores that I have seen that sell them.
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It's his Chinese analogue
i think so
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