In August Apple entered into an agreement with a Chinese operator China Unicom and brought the iPhone to the multi-million dollar market in China. But the first date of the popular device and potential buyers was unsuccessful, according to AppleInsider.
First, it turned out that Chinese users have been using iPhones for a long time, presumably several million unofficial phones are already in the country. Secondly, the official models on the market are all devoid of Wi-Fi (unlike those that can be bought much cheaper on the market), such a restriction is due to government orders and it is expected that such a ban will be lifted in the coming months.
And, of course, the third reason is the high cost of the phone: the price of the iPhone 3GS is 6,999 yuan ($1,024) without service, which is several times more expensive than any other smartphone and one and a half to two times more expensive than the unofficial iPhone -s.
Under such conditions, only a true Chinese fan of Apple will purchase the coveted iPhone, there have been only 5,000 of them over the past week. Now Apple is revising its agreements with the Chinese operator and is preparing to eliminate the shortcomings of the first attempt.