By deans ~ November 3rd, 2009. Filed under: Observations.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the iPhone’s launch in China. Many of my friends in the country already have gray-market iPhones. However, given the device’s rock star receptions everywhere else it debuts, I might have guessed that it would make a bigger splash last week.
Another story suggests some of the reasons for the “soft” launch. Although the reporter is still optimistic about the iPhone’s future in China, the excuses include:
- It’s too expensive. No kidding — US$1,024 for a crippled (w/o 802.11) 32GB 3Gs
- No Wi-Fi (apparently it’s coming in a future version of the device)
- Everyone who wanted one already had a gray-market iPhone. I’m guessing that this, coupled with China Unicom’s policy of just letting current owners legally activate on the network, was a big factor.
For what it’s worth, we haven’t sold a single app in China since the launch…
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