No 5 Million iPhone Deal for China Unicom?

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That rumored deal whereby China Unicom was purchasing 5 million Wi-Fi-less iPhones for a huge introduction to the world's biggest cellular market? Turns out not so much with the 5 million according to a China Unicom spokesperson.

"Talks between us and Apple have been going on for some time, but no agreement has been reached yet," said Unicom spokesman Yi Difei. "There are all kinds of possibilities. There is no particular timetable for the talks."

We get it, big deal, big complications. Still, the iPhone has to hit China sometime, right? (Other than, you know, massive amounts of gray market imports...)

[Cellular News via Engadget Mobile]

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No 5 Million iPhone Deal for China Unicom?


China Unicom better hurry. Here in NYC there is a line at the apple stores for buyers of 5 or more iphones. By watching this line, there are about 400 iphone sales per day. the buyers are chinese. If this is true at all apple stores, these sales will toatal millions per quarter. Potential loss for china unicom.

Youhavenotbeentochina. First off chinas population is not 400 million it is just under one and a half billion.
The person who said try buy five iPhones at a time is lying. They buy unlocked iPhones from the apple stores on hong kong and then sell it.
I think you people should get out more... And I hate it when people stereotype especially without first seeinng something or being there. I'm not Asian, I'm Australian btw.