Apple iPhone Sells 100,000 Units in China
Reports say Apple sold around 100,000 iPhones in China through partner China Unicom. Apple is also apparently in negotiations with China Mobile to expand the reach of the device, which China Unicom launched on Oct. 30. While iPhone sales have been relatively weak in China, the smartphone continues to post strong numbers in the U.S. market, although the iPhone's burgeoning success has also led to calls for tighter regulation of its App Store. Earlier in December, Apple yanked apps from a Chinese developer that was accused of giving its products fake positive reviews.Apple's iPhone has sold around 100,000 units in China through its partner in that country, China Unicom, according to reports circulating online. That number is far smaller than the number of iPhones sold in the United States, but nonetheless represents a marked increase from the beginning of November, when only a few thousand phones were sold to consumers. A note on China Unicom's unaudited, condensed, consolidated balance sheet indicated that the iPhone and related services were launched on Oct. 30. According to its Interim Report for 2009, the total subscriber base for the first half of the year was around 140 million customers.
Apple has a three-year, nonexclusive agreement with China Unicom to sell iPhones in China. Although initial iPhone sales were anemic-likely due to a reported selling price as high as 7,000 yuan, or $1,172-Unicom Chairman Chang Xiaobing has said the company is "very confident" in the device's ultimate market prospects.