This is probably the deal of the year, and if you haven’t guessed already then we’ll tell you that it’s Apple at the core of it. The iPhone is finally going to China, and this is no rumor. It’s official now as China Unicom announced today that it reached a three-year agreement with Apple to bring the best smartphone in the world to China. The iPhone will be available in Q4 of this year, but China Unicom that there will be two versions available, probably 16GB and 32GB units.
China Unicom features 141 million subscribers, but is the second largest carrier in the Asian country as the first is China Mobile with 498 million subscribers. It is said that China Unicom will “suffer” an increase in subscribers, and many say that it will reach China Mobile’s subscribers in only two years thanks to the iPhone.
At the moment the pricing is unknown, as well as some of the iPhone’s capabilities like WiFi. Everybody knows that the Chinese Government bans the WiFi, but maybe they make an exception for Apple’s smartphone. Internet usage via mobile devices is increasing at great pace, and my guess is that it will continue to rise. China is a big market, and the deal says that China Unicom will buy the iPhones directly from Apple so this means that Steve Jobs has a pretty big budget to take care of his beloved Tablet.
via China Unicom
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