The smart phone went on sale on October 30 from China's second-largest carrier, Unicom, under a three-year, non-exclusive contract. In the first four days, the company managed to sell only about 5,000 units. This paltry figure didn't even come close to expectations and is almost lost in the shadow of the 146,000 units sold by AT&T in the United States during the weekend launch of the original iPhone in June 2007.
A number of factors could have influenced Apple's iFlop in China, the first of which is the price. The 6,999 yuan (US$1,025) tag for the 32 gigabyte iPhone 3GS model makes it a heavyweight when you consider that the average annual income of urban workers in 2008 was less than US$4,300. Three months salary for a phone is a little steep in any country.
Apple products do tend to be expensive but there are other factors…
Conversely you can buy a Chinese complete Hack Rip Off of the iPhone for 199 , go figure
The rip off is probably the actual iPhone just made in a non authorized factory.
I wonder if there is any way to tell if the phone is non authorized ? because that would mean the service provider is also a part of the problem . Then again there the jail break phones in the US and I don't see them being denied any service .
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