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iPhone Sales in China Lackluster?

by Armin Talic | December 4, 2009December 4, 2009 7:46 am PST

China iPhone

Reports have been coming in from several sources across the web, that since launch, iPhones in China are struggling to shift from stores to customers pockets.

Here at TechnoBuffalo we usually have our own take on a story, rather than regurgitating other good content, so here’s a little rant…

It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that the iPhone’s adoption in the Chines market has been poor. When you take in to consideration the shear scale of the unlocked iPhone market that already existing, somewhere in the region of 1M+, you begin to realise that there’s little room for a trimmed down (no wifi), more expensive version.

I am surprised however to learn that China Unicom, the sole carrier for the iPhone in China has only sold somewhere in the region of of 5,000 iPhones to since it’s release a few weeks ago. China Unicom isn’t the countries most subscribed carrier, but I’d still expect a higher number from a region renounded for its early adoption of technology.

It’ll be interesting to see how the market reacts if China Mobile get their hands on the iPhone, as their subscriber numbers are through-the-roof! China Mobile is the single largest cell carrier in China, and has the potential to make a serious positive dent in iPhone sales. We’ll wait and see.

Perhaps the savvy consumers over in China are just holding out for the inevitable iPhone 3GLS (Light Speed)?