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China Unicom sells 100,000 iPhones since launch

China Unicom announced this week that the company has sold more than 100,000 iPhones since the phone's launch October 30. The numbers have improved since the phone's initial release, but the numbers are still modest.

China Unicom announced this week that the company has sold more than 100,000 iPhones since the iPhone launched in China on October 30.

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It's clear that sales have picked up after slow initial numbers of only 5,000 iPhones sold the first weekend. However, the 100,000 sales figure is still modest considering China Unicom's 144 million total subscribers.

There could be a variety of causes for the slow iPhone sales. The Chinese market for the iPhone may not be as robust as it is in other countries, because the iPhone is expensive in China (costing up to $1,025) and it doesn't come with Wi-Fi. The vibrant Chinese gray market for jailbroken iPhones--phones made in China but not licensed by the government--may also be a factor.