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iPhone sales in China

by pcchan on Nov.06, 2009, under Product spotlight

Back in September I wrote a blog analyzing the official introduction of the iPhone in China. I basically predicted that the iPhone will not do that well in China. The sales numbers just released by China Unicom seem to support my prediction.

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Official iPhone pricing in China

by pcchan on Sep.30, 2009, under Product spotlight

As a follow-up to my previous blog on iPhone in China, China Unicom just announced their official pricing information for the iPhone. The iPhone itself will sell for around $735 (ouch!) with 3G calling plans ranging from $18 to $130 per month. By comparison other 3G users in China pay an average of $14 a month right now with non-iPhone plans. Like I said before the iPhone will not be price competitive with other comparable phones and calling plans but I’m sure they’ll still have a niche market as a status symbol.

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Apple iPhone, China, and the Meizu M8

by pcchan on Sep.18, 2009, under Product spotlight

For the people who are interested in the business side of Apple, the prospect of Apple’s imminent official iPhone launch in China is very exciting. While here in the US the iPhone seems like the second coming of Jesus most people don’t realize that iPhones don’t necessarily do that well internationally. In Europe iPhone popularity is growing slowly because they don’t like carrier lock-ins. In Japan things are even worse because the iPhones are generations behind the Japanese phones in terms of features and usability. Softbank, the iPhone carrier in Japan, literally have to give the iPhone away for free with contract to try and drum up demand. Of course the iPhone will always have a certain niche market abroad just as American jeans and American cars do simply due to the whole “foreign import chic” status thing and that, in the end, maybe the iPhone’s biggest draw in China.

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