iPhone 5's First Weekend Sales in China Top Two Million

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    Apple announced tonight that the company has sold over two million of the new iPhone 5 in China, just three days after its launch.
    The most recent launch on Friday included 32 other new countries as well, though the announcement specifically covers China's opening weekend sales.

    The original iPhone 5 launch weekend took place in September and saw over 5 million sales to the initial 9 countries including the U.S.

    Article Link: iPhone 5's First Weekend Sales in China Top Two Million
     
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    2 million out of a population of 1.35 billion, doesn't look impressive... but it's a huge number. Now if they could get the phone on China's largest network that has close to 500 million subscribers.
     
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    800 million out of 1.35 billion people are relatively poor peasants or workers. I say the number is very impressive given the recent report about Android's 90%+ market share in China. Back here in Macrumors a lot of people were bashing Apple in the other thread about the non-existence of waiting lines outside Apple Stores in China :D;).
     
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    And they want to rush out a 5S?

    Madness. Iphone 5 is a massive upgrade over the previous Iphones and could easily sell what the Iphone 4 managed.
     
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    Keep in mind China has a population of 1.3 billion...
     
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    Not 1.3b any more. At least 1.7b now.
     
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    China Mobile would be a killer if it had iPhone 5.
     
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    China is a Germany or UK attached to a dirt poor country of over 1 billion. Unless Apple releases a $99 phone (unsubsidized) they will get Western European sales results from China.
     
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    No long lines and riots in China and all of a sudden Wall Street and investors freak out..
     
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    I doubt their population jumped 400,000,000 people (30%) in 1 year. Where'd you get that 1.7 figure from?
     
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    No lines in china is because of the reservation system, and the actual apple store does not sell the iphone 5 without a contract n
     
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    Not bad.

    Not sure if any other phone sold over 1 million doing their first weekend...
     
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    the article has failed to mention that both China Telecom and China Unicom were giving away massive discount and expensive gift packs on launch day just to get people to sign their contracts. This has never happened during previous iPhone launch in China. Apple must have given carriers a lot of pressure in order to achieve that 2 million number.
     
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    1.35 billion according to WolframAlpha
     
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    the majority does not pay income tax or capital gain tax, there is no real estate tax either.

    Under such condition, a mere restaurant worker can easily afford these gadgets.
     
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    You're kidding right?
     
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    Funny.
     
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    Nonsense ! I helped set up a software development center in 2 China cities. And invested in a friend's restaurant there. This is definitely not true even in the richest Chinese cities.
     
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    Well 23% is not so much... in Brazil they are selling the iPhone 5 16GB for 2.399 reais (U$ 1.200 - no contract) or 1.699 (U$ 850) + 1-year contract
     
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    No more chinese scalpers clogging up our malls:))))))
     
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    Interesting. I'd read that only three people queued up for the launch at a Beijing Apple Store and that one of those three was a snowman. The perspective that you get really depends on where you read the news!
     

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