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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
16,026 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.
Today we've learned that China Unicom has now passed the 300,000 iPhone sales threshold. This triples the 100,000 sales milestone reported on December 9. It took 40 days to reach 100,000 iPhone sales, and less than 20 days later iPhones sales in China have now hit the 300,000 mark. The Unicom iPhone Express has steadily picked up speed and is now steaming down the tracks.
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

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macrumors 601
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.


Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Damn I thought the iphone was a failure in China?

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.


macrumors 65816
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!


macrumors 601
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?


macrumors P6
Billions of potential consumers and only 300k sold!

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.
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