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Official iPhone release fails to impress Chinese consumers

Official iPhone release fails to impress Chinese consumers

Although the iPhone has only just been officially releases in China in conjunction with the country's largest network provider, just five units have been sold from an online retail site to Chinese customers.

Two weeks after the site made the iPhone available, three 16GB and two 8GB versions of the popular smartphone had been sold. It is believed that a total of 5,000 iPhones linked to the China Unicom network have been sold in total through various outlets.

The reason for these odd figures is that China has the largest import market for iPhones in the world. Many customers have been using the Apple mobile ever since it was made available abroad and imports are still the most popular method of picking up an iPhone for use in China.

The principal factor behind the popularity of the imported versions is that official iPhones are 25 per cent more expensive.

Furthermore, the official smartphones also lack some of Apple mobile phones' key functionality including Wi-Fi, making them technically inferior to imports.

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