iPhone Plans in China Starting at $20/month -- Aiya!
Looks like China Unicom is set to launch the iPhone 3G 8GB (sans WiFi) for $300, which might sound expensive compared to the US $99 price, but here's the no-shadow kick -- the monthly plan is $20.
Granted, there's likely no one in the world who feels their iPhone plan is cheap -- and many who likely feel it ranges from expensive to exorbitant, but $20 a month compared to $70 or $100? Taken for one year that maths up to $240 vs. $840 or $1200. Two years, that's $480 vs. $1680 or $2400. Three years... you get the idea (likely painfully and right in the wallet). Makes that $200 up front savings pretty insignificant doesn't it.
Of course, the aforementioned lack of WiFi may make non-Chinese iPhone owners feel a little better about themselves, and there's still no way to know how the Internet in general, never mind the App Store will survive the Great Firewall of China.
Hao bu hao?
[Xinhua via Fortune]
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$1200 saved over the course of a 2 year contract...
Is it ok to assume anyone in the US would work for the wages paid in china and india?
From the mall-lizard manning the ATT kiosk to the guy climbing the cell towers all day, every one of them has to be paid a living wage. The wage paid in the US or Canada would allow the to live like kings in China or India.
Converting foreign prices to Dollars without any mention of Cost of Living or living standards is rather pointless.
At 300 bucks, Apple will still make the same margin on the phone that they do in North America.
But 300 bucks is a LOT of money in China. Among cities in China, Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen have an average annual salary of $6,687, $6,481 and $5,872 respectively.
But needless to say, comparing a cellphone plan in the US with one in China is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. People in China earn a lot less money than Americans or Europeans do, so of course everything there is cheaper than it is here! I for one, would rather live in a Western country with its freedom and amenities than in China and save a little bit of money on my cellphone plan.
An AT&T salesman actually defended the Edge network to me when I said it was useless. He said "it's not useless. It's 4 times faster than dial up." I told him "So is the U.S. Mail."
Without wifi I would not have a use for this phone. I still pay just as much for using the Edge network that everyone using 3G does. Most of the time I'm using it on my wifi and not using AT&T's networks at all!
Where is that money going? Upgrade already!
"The nations fastest 3G network" is right. It's so fast because no one is on it! They're using their cable companies bandwidth instead.
I have seen all new nokia and other brands phone available in china with wifi, have used these phones in china with wifi. Why this discrimination against iPhone?
ALL cells launched in mainland china have to remove wifi. But you can always buy a cell in black market, which is no big deal in china.
I live in China, now using an E71 from Singapore and a G1 from T-Mobile US. my friends are using HTC Diamond from UK, iPhone 3G from Australia, N97 from HK...
$20 deal from china unicom usually includes 320min voice talk, 400MB and some other useless benefits
Not to getting into anything politcal or whatnot, but, just to be clear, there is a big difference between minimum wage and a living wage, and most "mall-lizards" are definitely not paid a living wage.