After releasing the iPad Wi-Fi in China just last week, Apple has announced that the iPhone 4 will be available to customers in China from Saturday, 25 September at 8am. The iPhone 4 will be available at Apple Stores and China Unicom retail stores.
If the iPad release is anything to go by, there will be queues at Apple Stores and China Unicom stores around the country: hundreds queued on Friday morning for the iPad’s release.
AFP reports Han Ziwen, 35, was first in line outside Apple’s flagship Beijing store wearing a “I buy iPad No. 1” t-shirt.
Han had camped outside the Apple Store for 60 hours to ensure he was first in the queue, buying two iPads, 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi versions.
Ma Ya, 46, was first in the queue outside the Shanghai Apple Store, having waited since 1pm on Thursday.
Despite the iPhone 4′s imminent release, there is still no firm date on when the 3G iPad will be available in China.
iPhone 4 will be sold in China through Apple’s retail stores for a suggested retail price of CNY4,999 (around $791) for the 16GB model and CNY5,999 (around $949) for 32GB model without a contract. At China Unicom stores, iPhone 4 will be available for qualified buyers with a new two year contract, sold separately.