Friday, August 28, 2009

Apple has signed a deal with China Unicom to bring the iPhone to mainland China

Suppose this is big news for Apple: Chinese telecom giant China Unicom has just officially announced that it has reached a deal with Apple to sell the iPhone in China.
China has 700 million mobile phone users, the biggest in the world (US: around 270 million). China Unicom is the second largest mobile provider in China, behind China Mobile. It has has over 140 million cell subscribers in China, making it the third largest mobile provider in the world. (AT&T has around 78 million). So If Apple can capture a significant percentage of the China Unicom subscribers, and possibly pull in some from other carriers, that will mean huge for Apple.

Here is the announcement in Chinese, which indicated that both 3G and 3GS will be shipped to China

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