News Flash: The iPhone Is Popular, in China Too

It can hardly come as a surprise that the latest generation of the iPhone has sold out in China, almost immediately after going on sale there. After all, Apples supplies ran out in the U.S. right away at the end of June, when it became available here and there are how many people in China?  Yeah, a lot more.

The Wall Street Journal reports that China Unicom got more than 200,000 pre-orders for the device by Saturday when sales began. Thats more than double the number of Chinese who bought the iPhone 3G S last year in the first six weeks after its release. So yes, Apples doing OK around the globe. Call China Unicom the AT&T of that Asian nation; its thus far the exclusive provider of the iPhone in China, giving it a big boost in its mobile war with China Mobile and China Telecom.

Apple says more iPhone 4s will soon be available in China, where the Silicon Valley giant is making its presence felt. After the initial iPhone was released in 2007, it took more than two years for the device to get clearance for sale in China. Its now been just three months since the newest iPhone went on sale in the U.S.

Apple has four retail stores in China, but wants to add two dozen more by the end of next year. The company is now the fifth-largest in smartphone sales there, according to the Journal.

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