The iPhone 4 will be on sale in China this coming Saturday, September 25th. Unlike the Chinese 3GS, the new iPhone will have Wi-Fi.
China had to wait two years after the iPhone’s initial launch before it was officially available there, although that didn’t stop a healthy black market form springing up. And after such a wait, the Chinese could only buy a hobbled version with the Wi-Fi removed due to government demands. Whether this was stop citizens having anonymous, mobile internet access or just to remove competition for China’ own wireless protocol, Wireless Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI), we’re not sure. It was probably both.
The Chinese iPhone carrier Unicom (which, when set in Monaco, I always read as Unicorn) was still working to sell a Wi-Fi-enabled 3GS in March this year. Now, that has really been rendered moot by the new handset, which appears to be exactly the same as the one you or I can buy.
To buy the new iPhone, you can buy contract-free from Apple, or on-contract with subsidies from Unicom in exchange for a two-year commitment. From Apple you’ll pay CNY 5,000 ($744) for the 16GB model and CNY 6,000 ($894) for 32GB. On-contract prices depend on the usual nonsense, and can be found over at the Unicom site.
iPhone 4 Available in China on September 25 [Apple]
Chinese iPhone 4 [Unicom]
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