iPhone coming to China Unicom, this time for real

iPhone coming to China Unicom, this time for real
At last word, China Unicom was denying that it had signed a pact with Apple for 5 million of the American firm's touchscreen iPhone. Now, in the midst of reporting their interim financial results for 2009, the carrier announced that they have agreed to a three year deal with Apple that will allow them to start selling two different models of the device starting in the 4th quarter of this year.

The original story we reported suggested that Apple had discounted the handsets aggressively in order to get their foot in the door of a country with as huge a population as China. While the wholesale and retail pricing is not known, it is thought that China Unicom will offer a custom version of the iPhone 3GS model with Wi-Fi disabled, and the 3G. Considering that this deal is not exclusive, there could be more news concerning the handset and China before too long.

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source: ChinaUnicom via BGR

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