Since accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 4 on Saturday, China Unicom has reported orders for more than 200,000 units. Due to that heavy demand, the carrier has stopped accepting pre-orders online. China is the world's largest mobile phone market with more than 800 million mobile subscribers, and China Unicom has an exclusivity agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in the country.
On Saturday, 60,000 customers received their iPhone 4 before the carrier ran out of supply. It is quite a difference from 2009 when it took China Unicom 6 weeks to sell 100,000 iPhone 3GS units. Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said that more supply was coming soon. Buyers of the touchscreen device through China Unicom and Apple's retail stores in the country, are required to sign a two year contract with the carrier.
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