iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus finally got network access license from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on 30 September in 2014. Apple also announced that new iPhones will be available for consumers to buy in mainland China on 17 Oct 2014.
In addition to Apple online and retail store, iPhones’ selling channels have been extended. Three operators including China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, now all provide ordering service. Total orders exceeded 4 million through channels like three telco operators and virtual operators such as Suning, D.Phone, Jingdong and others.
Announcement on China Mobile’s official website now is written: “Users can book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus on www.10086.cn, 10086 web portal, Wechat platform, JD and by dialing 10085.
China Unicom and China Telecom both provide iPhone 6 and Plus with all netcom version. However, they do not provide bare iPhones booking now.
Within 6 hours in China, three operators received over 1 million bookings and bookings for 64GB version are much more than other ones.
iPhone 6 and Plus orders on JD.com needs users provide their real names, e-mail address and telephone numbers to be informed of available time. Virtual operator, Suning also made promotion for new iPhones orders.
In China, need for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is much higher than before. It’s really a pleasure for Chinese to experience new iPhones and a potentially huge sales success in China for Apple.
The number of Smartphone users in China has exceeded 556 million by June 2014 in China, an increase of 4.5% from the prior quarter; more on China mobile market in H1 here.