China Unicom to Sell iPhone 4 and iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    As noted by AppleInsider, Caixin Online reports that China Unicom will launch the iPhone 4 in September and has secured the rights to sell the iPad in China. The iPhone 4 will be made available in early September while no release date has been specified for the iPad.

    It was reported last month that a China Unicom executive had flown to the United States to meet with Apple executives to finalize a distribution deal for the iPad and iPhone 4.

    The Wall Street Journal recently reported that China Unicom would begin selling iPhone 3GS models with Wi-Fi enabled just earlier this month, after months of selling the device without Wi-Fi enabled in order to adhere to government regulations.

    Article Link: China Unicom to Sell iPhone 4 and iPad
  2. JS77 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    Did they also manage to get exclusivity on bumper case distribution? :D
  3. grmatt macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
  4. stahl7639 macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2010
    Yes, it's still GSM.
  5. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    I feel for the factory workers making these things :eek:
  6. Merkuryy macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    I hope so, I ordered an iPhone 4 in Hong Kong which will arrive at 8/30(I hope so, the service said delay may occur), but I got a plane to Shanghai at 8/30 afternoon, so it will be impossible for me to get a free bumper.

    Anyone who knows if this will include the case program? because 299 RMB for a bumper, blahhhhhhhhhhh:mad:
  7. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    So, does a worker get to make their own phone? The ultimate customization right in the factory! ;)
  8. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    now to build the chinese appStore ecosystem.

  9. BTW macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2007
    Will the iPhone 4 and iPad have wi-fi disabled again? That would suck. I have some relatives in China on my wife's side. China always tries to push their homegrown tech but in the case of wi-fi I believe it was more of a control issue.
  10. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    as of Aug 5,

    they will sell 3GS with wi-fi, so I'm guessing that this will also be available for the ip4 and ipad.

  11. leping macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2004
    They don't need a bamper in China: cell signal is strong everywhere

    Your guys have to understand how far the internet/communication technology lags in the US. In China everywhere you go, city or countryside, the cell signal is very strong and rarely drop off 5 bars. Internet connections are fast also and everyone is playing global games or watch movie online. 90% attenuation? Not likely a problem. Most farmers never owned (some never seeing) a land based phone before they got a cell phone.
  12. skeep5 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2006
  13. aohus macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2010
    maybe in urban areas, highly doubtful in rural China.
  14. Anawrahta macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2005
    I'll hand it to China Unicom, they've done an impressive rollout with their 3G services, but I wouldn't say the service is flawless. I get dropped calls in downtown Shanghai on the regular, and once you hit distant suburbs 3G drops to EDGE or GPRS quite often.

    You're comment about fast internet is a joke. The internet in China is a complete effing joke.
  15. tymmini macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2008
    anyone know if taiwan is included in this china date? or will we have to wait for our own separate release date?

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