China gets the iPhone 4S tomorrow, Friday the 13th - thousands already lined up to pay $60 a month

China gets the iPhone 4S tomorrow, Friday the 13th - thousands already lined up to pay $60 a month
After passing the gruesome world of Chinese certification bodies, the iPhone 4S will arrive in the world's most populated country tomorrow. Apple sold gear for nearly $5 billion in China in Q3 of last year, and Tim Cook reiterated what an important market it is becoming for Cupertino, expecting sales there to have been through the roof in the holiday quarter.

And the trend will seemingly continue - reports are that thousands of people have already lined up in front of Apple's retail stores in China's big cities, waiting for the clock to strike twelve, so they can be one of the first official owners of the iPhone 4S there. The Apple Stores in China are some of the most heavily trafficked in the world.

Friday the 13th is as good a day as any for a launch, they figured, and China Unicom's heavy subsidy is undoubtedly helping - customers will be paying ~$60 a month for the 16GB phone and a two-year plan. If they want the 32GB version, $45 a month will span to three years of tie-up with the carrier.

Analysts estimated that China Unicom started losing money on the two-year, $45 a month contract for the iPhone 4 that it had last year, that is why it had added the additional year for the 32GB model this time around.

source: AppleInsider & Bloomberg

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  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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11 Comments

1. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Hmmmm. Where are the fandroids laughing at Americans, saying Americans are sheeps? Almost any country where the iphone is released, there are lines and lines of people. So what about those non-Americans then? Hello? Fandroids? Once again, fandroids are walking around pretending they didn't say such stupid statements :)

2. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

dont forget though that the carrier isnt charging a dime for the iphone, the 16 and 32 are free, just signing up contracts for $60 a month...think that would sell like hotcakes no matter where the phone was sold

11. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

oh plz .everyone knows chinese are sheep of everything.... look at how they swipe clean the luxury items like bags and stuff ..chinese ppl likes to show off a lot !!! its very normal for stores to get long lines ..so if you say they like the iphone ? not really they just need it because their friend have one .. and i know a lot of ppl who doesnt even use any other feautures except calling on their phones including android phones ..they just need a touch screen phones to catch up with everyone else

3. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Yes if android oems here in the US had this kind of deal, thousands would also be lined up. I bet the carrier paid a huge amount of money to Apple to get this kind of deal going. This has nothing to do with how much people like iPhones, but the fact they are getting it completely free. Last year when the original evo 4g was free at best buy , lots of people went flocking to pick it up, just about all my friends got one because it was a decent phone for free. Thanks to the marketing of Sprint with the Evo, people knew exactly what the Evo was.

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ok lets get this straight.. people like free phones hmmmm.. thats why Android activates 500.000 + daily.... most come from free phones... hmmmm very interesting mr. bankrobber... mistery solved...

9. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

you mean like how the free 3gs on att worked ..ppl like free phones duh..

6. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Ughh.. you can get almost any android phone on amazon for 1 penny.

10. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

whoa i hope you can get me a galaxy nexus or note for 1 cent

5. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Yes people like free phones, my post has nothing to do with witch phone is better. Just to shut the hatters up who think this makes the iPhone better then android phones. People don't have $199 or even $99 to upgrade or buy a new phone. This is a great deal for people who are on a really tight budget. If its a iPhone 4/4s or a high end android phone, this is good deal regardless with out fan boys starting a flame war.

7. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Three year contract with the same icrap waist of time and money

8. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Thank you for your very educated comment.

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