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China's second largest carrier tops 100,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 5s and 5c

0. phoneArena 16 Sep 2013, 08:19 posted on

China Unicorn, the country's second largest wireless carrier behind China Mobile (which still hasn't reached a deal with Apple to carry its iPhone) has taken to Weibo, the Chinese Twitter-equivalent, to announce that pre-orders for the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c have topped 100,000...

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posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:27 11

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2428; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


100000 is great in number but more than a half year worth of salary huh... That's too costly..overpriced iCraps... :P

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:30 4

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 706; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah
it doesn't worth half year salary not even the top model.
just buy a mid-range Android or WP it'll satisfy most of their needs.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:23

13. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I can bet on that most of this 100 000 , are the more expensive iphone 5S, and the cheaper iphone 5C are only single digit.
That's why Apple are mum , about how many of each device.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:41 2

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3300; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


not that's a power of brain-wash people.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:27 3

2. bucky (Posts: 1330; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I love my iPhone but I think they need to have a crappy release of an iPhone to kick their ass into gear a bit.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:27 6

3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 706; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


"32GB version of the iPhone 5s will cost the average person in China more than a half year worth of salary." damn......

sell your home, buy an iPhone, sleep in street.......

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:46 5

6. palmguy (Posts: 231; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


LOL! Someone will probably do it.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 09:11 2

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 706; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah they probably even sacrifice 6 months food for an iPhone
can't they understand if they don't have an iPhone, well they don't have an iPhone
that's all....

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:07

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6215; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I hope no one wont sell their liver again just to buy a iphone in china.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 15:11

23. Sauce (unregistered)


Just like a child's kidney in Africa for a Galaxy s4, and another child's kidney in China for the PS3. People do bizarre things.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 21:09 1

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 10354; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Notice he didn't respond

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:27

14. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


"32GB version of the iPhone 5s will cost the average person in China more than a half year worth of salary."
And I'm sure that most of this 100 000 are iPhone 5s, but iPhone 5C, only few are sold(if any)

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 14:42

22. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Only half a years salary?! Put me down for 2!!!

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 09:11 2

8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 845; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


The number is meaningless without context. Does the carrier often have preorders in the millions? Is this the smallest recent flagship preorder? The largest? What was the iPhone 5's preorder number?

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:06 2

11. NexusPhan (Posts: 391; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


This is the first time the iPhone is officially available on China Unicom (or China unicorn if you're PA) and only 0.04% of customers placed pre-orders. It's the definition of a complete flop.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 11:17 1

16. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 845; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Once again, it hasn't been answered. I would like to see competing flagship preorders. If the S4 did 50k, then this isn't a failure. Oh, and BTW, this isn't the first time on CU.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 12:33 3

18. NexusPhan (Posts: 391; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Oh, you're right. Good call.
Looks like the iPhone 4S was 200,000 and the 5 was 300,000. From the Verge. Very disappointing number for the 5S/5C.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 13:20

19. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 845; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


If those numbers are correct, then yes, very disappointing.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 13:23 4

20. promise7 (Posts: 331; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


i think that kind of explains it. the iphone being so expensive for china residents, and some already having the 4s and 5, they aren't looking to plunk down a large amount of money again for a slight upgrade.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 09:32 3

9. ryq24 (Posts: 479; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


iPhone 5C and 5S are just too expensive. And with a 4" screen it's just not worth the money to buy one.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 09:58 1

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5465; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


True.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 15:13

24. Sauce (unregistered)


For you it is not, but for the millions of others who enjoy the product they buy, it is. Not everyone has to buy your item of choice you know.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:54

15. Cyberchum (Posts: 263; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Talk about being dumb, Chinese are, atleast according to this article.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 17:55 1

25. AfterShock (Posts: 2534; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That is pretty rude.

I'm sure you meant gullible.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 02:00

28. volcano321 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)


Most of them will probably be for speculation. Initial shipments will be small and many in China will pay almost double for it right away. The xiao mi red rice is officially priced at 799 RMB, but it's going on the open market for 1000-1200 because of small initial shipments.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 11:58

17. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1563; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I predict a lot of kidneys on the black market soon

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 14:24 3

21. Shangri-La (Posts: 49; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


OMG, please... PA. It's Unicom, not Unicorn.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 17:59

26. AfterShock (Posts: 2534; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


The unicorn bit is freaking funny now that it's pointed out.

My thought on story is I don't foresee a landslide of sales or topping any charts.
I may be wrong, but competition is fierce now that China has embraced the smart
phone craze.

By mass only.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 04:16

29. rattus (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Har Har Har

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