The iPhone 5 is off to a strong start at its latest carrier.
After kicking off preorders for the new phone early yesterday, China Unicom took in more than 100,000 online reservations by 4 p.m. local time, Chinese news site Sina Tech said today.
China's second-largest carrier will officially launch the iPhone 5 on December 14, following a promise that it would .
Some of the early buyers liked the simple reservation process as well as the phone, Sina Tech reported. Customers are asked to fill in their name, identity card number, and phone number. They select the capacity, size, and other options. Shipping is free.
China Unicom will sell the 16GB edition of the iPhone 5 for 5,288 yuan ($850), according to The Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch.
China Unicomas the second Chinese carrier to sell the iPhone 5. But the nation's biggest carrier, China Mobile, remains without Apple's flagship phone.
Apple has beenabout carrying the iPhone. However, the two have been unable to reach an agreement. The carrier has reportedly been seeking a cut of Apple Store revenue in exchange for selling the phone, an idea Apple has nixed.
China Mobile currently has almost 700 million customers, according to recent stats from Reuters. China Unicom has 230 million, while China Telecom trails the pack with 152 million.
By the end of 2012, the new iPhone will be.
Update, 10 a.m. PT: Adds price of iPhone 5 through China Unicom.