iPhone 5 snags 100,000 preorders through China Unicom
Reservations surged past the 100,000 mark on the phone's first day of preorders at China's No. 2 carrier.
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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 joins China Telecom as 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 been talking to China Mobile for several years about 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 made up about 15 percent, or $23.8 billion, of Apple's total revenue for its latest fiscal year that ended in September. And the country is expected to generate even more business. Starting this month, the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and fourth-generation iPad will be available in China through Apple's online and physical stores and various Apple resellers.