Apple iPhone 4 debut in China
The iPhone 4 will make its debut in China just a week after Apple officially launched the iPad hand held computer in the country. Starting September 25 Apple Inc. will sell their new iPhone 4 handset in China in its stores and through partner China Unicom, despite having a growing competition from other smart phones. The iPhone 4 with 32GB of memory will be priced at 5,999 yuan, Apple is also opening two more stores one in Beijing and the other one in Shanghai at the same day they will be selling the iPhone 4.
Considering that the iPhone is a little expensive compared with other devices in the market, there are smart phones that have comparable features and performance and cheaper. Still the demand from Chinese consumers is high despite the competition from other smart phones made by local manufacturers like Lenovo Group and Huawei Technologies.
The 16-gigabyte version of the smart phone, which will have wireless Internet capability, will cost 4,999 yuan at Apple stores with the 32-gigabyte selling for 5,999 yuan. China Unicom, the country’s second-largest mobile phone operator, took nearly 50,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 last Friday.
China has 420 million web users and is also the world’s largest mobile market, with more than 800 million subscribers. iPhone has been launched around the world to much fanfare and is already available in China’s flourishing grey market for Apple products.