200,000 iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Made In China; Thousands Wait In Line At Store [VIDEO]
The original iPhone was not greeted well in China. Supposedly China Unicom signed up only 5,000 subscribers. The iPhone 4 was launched this past Saturday in China. Over 200,000 people in China pre-ordered the iPhone 4 according to China Unicom. At 8AM when China Unicom opened the doors to the new Apple store at the Joy City shopping mall in Beijing, there was a line of about 1,000 people.
“It’s like waiting in line to see a movie star,” stated Computerworld reporter Sun Jian Kuan. “No phone can best the iPhone.”
One of the biggest differences between the iPhone 4 now and the original iPhone is that the Chinese government did not intervene as much this time around. The original iPhone in China was made without a WiFi receiver.
The price is also substantially different for the iPhone 4 in China now too. A contract-free 32GB iPhone 3GS was being sold for $1,033 last year. This year it costs 5,999 yuan ($905) without contract. The 16GB model sells for 4,999 yuan ($754). China Unicom reporter over 40,000 of its customers purchased the iPhone 4. Below is a video of the store’s opening:
[Fortune]This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry