China Unicom is selling the Apple iPhone at a retail price of about RMB5,000 ($732) which is perhaps a tad on the high side.
China Unicom in August signed a three-year deal with Apple to sell iPhones in China. Unicom, China’s second-largest wireless operator by users after China Mobile, will offer a choice of eight different service packages with the phone, ranging from RMB126 to RMB886 per month.
The rollout of the iPhone coincided with the official launch of China Unicom’s third-generation wireless network. The iPhone is being sold in Apple retail outlets, through China Unicom’s own network of stores and through major independent retailers. The company is also developing an online application store based on Apple’s model.
The illustration is of a vendor applying a screen protector to a customer’s iPhone at her shop in Shanghai. The writer thinks them essential. The publisher totally disagrees.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Unicom hopes the iPhone will give it an edge over China Mobile, although China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said earlier this month that the company remains in talks with Apple over selling iPhones in China.