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The iPhone in China: a flop?

Saturday, October 31, 2009 , Posted by Ahmad Ababnih at 11:07 AM

Arrived in China yesterday, the iPhone is already talk of him .... negative! A further and important feature is actually absent from the iPhone 3GS

This function is other than WiFi and this could seriously affect its sales, reported a national newspaper

China Unicom, the exclusive operator in China has started selling its iPhone last night at its 2,000 stores to the country. He hopes to have an advantage against China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile phone ....

Unfortunately, the crowds jostle do not ....

It will quickly realize that the iPhone is available from us is much more expensive than in California, said Duncan Clark, chairman of BDA China Ltd., a Beijing-based company, specializing in technology research . We have seen that Chinese consumers do not like being treated like second class citizens. "

A range of prices from 4999 yuan (500 €) for a 16GB to 6999 yuan (700 €) for a 32GB. This is well above the price of € 560 for a 32GB iPhone 3GS found on the black market and includes over Wi-Fi

But why the iPhone does 3GS does not have WiFi?

The WiFi was banned by the city of Beijing was trying to push their own network WAPI. The ban was lifted last May but the manufacture of the iPhone 3GS had already begun ... The future iPhones will therefore have the Fi ..

A spokesman for Unicom, Yi Difei, confirmed: "We are in discussions with Apple and expect the problem to be solved by the end of this year."

The iPhone in China, a story that has lasted a long time ...

Currently have 1 comments:

  1. HS says:

    Nice blog.

    I agree that the price and Wifi limitation will be sales blocker short-term, and recently blogged about it as well.

    I'll be following your blog.

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