Online reservations for the new iPhones have shot past 100,000 at China's second-largest mobile carrier, reports Bloomberg.
With the new iPhones not yet available in China, individuals are scooping them up through other sources and then reselling them at high prices, says Bloomberg.
With no arrival date for Apple's latest iPhone, China's largest carrier will focus more on cheaper, unsubsidized phones.
China -- the largest smartphone market in the world -- was among the countries that got dibs on the new iPhone for launch weekend last year. The country's exclusion this time around has yet to be explained.
Reservations surged past the 100,000 mark on the phone's first day of preorders at China's No. 2 carrier.
Apple fans, already waiting for the next big thing, may have paused on buying an iPhone as they wait for the large-screen iPhone 6, expected in coming months.
The carrier says that it'll have the device within the next three months, joining China Telecom, which also be carrying the handset.
Android rival Ubuntu will be in "mid- to high-end" phones built by BQ and Meizu, the first manufacturers to commit to the British-made OS.
Sure, the high-end smartphone market is stuffed with iOS and Android, but demand for low-cost phones gives Mozilla and its browser-based OS a chance to chow down.
The estimate from analyst Toni Sacconaghi Jr. would top the Wall Street consensus of around 55 million units.