China Unicom Passes 300,000 iPhones Sold

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    [​IMG] reports on news from Chinese site TechQQ [Google translation] that China Unicom has now sold 300,000 iPhones in that country. The milestone marks a significant acceleration of sales for China Unicom after it sold only 5,000 iPhones during its launch weekend at the end of October and took until early December to reach 100,000 iPhone sold.
    China Unicom is currently the exclusive iPhone provider in China, although market leader China Mobile has continued to express interest in striking a deal with Apple to offer the device.

    Article Link: China Unicom Passes 300,000 iPhones Sold
  2. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Good going. The start wasn't very promising but now it seems sales are indeed picking up. I wonder how are the sales in the App Store there though.
  3. Goona macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    Damn I thought the iphone was a failure in China?
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I'm sure people will come up with some reason to complain about it and/or criticize Apple. :p The iPhone is a good status symbol, but the launch was marred by the extended period of black and grey market sales of iPhones in China, the WiFi debacle, and the fact that the iPhone itself is a shift in some ways from Chinese mentality towards phones, just as it has been in other markets.

    But who knows? 300k is not bad. Maybe it does have a future there.
  5. odedia macrumors 6502a

    Nov 24, 2005
    And to think the Israeli cellular companies committed to sell the same amount of iPhones in 1 year alone.

    With 0.5% of the population compared to China!
  6. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I'm not sure what to think of this. On one hand, it's a good thing that Apple seems to be making inroads with legit iPhone sales in China. On the other hand, if the crippled iPhone does well there, will that mean that the censorship will continue unabated -- or even provoke a crackdown on the unsanctioned iPhones?
  7. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    Now that the non-WiFi phones have cleared out of inventory and all new phones are WiFi enabled, sales should be much stronger.
  8. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003

    Billions of potential consumers and only 300k sold!
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Cabin by a lake with leaves softly falling
    That's 0.2% of China Unicom 139 million GSM customers, and it's actually pretty normal even if it sold five times that.

    The fact is, the iPhone doesn't sell that well outside of a handful of well off and Western friendly countries.

    Get past the United States, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Japan, and sales always drop to under 1% of each GSM carrier's customers.

    It's an empirical counterpoint to the popular but naive "GSM has a billion customers" myth, which obviously doesn't apply to expensive iPhones with expensive data plans.

    It's also why so many analysts predict a Verizon etc iPhone. If North American CDMA customers were to buy iPhones in the same ratio as ATT GSM customers, CDMA models would outsell the top five GSM markets outside of North America, and become one third of world sales.
  10. Mr. Gates macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    Cool ! The cat and mouse game of Jailbreaking has found 300,000 new potential players.
  11. kjanice2009 macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2009
    i agree with that, but to reach a sales number like that is not an easy job.

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