Apple says it is now accepting pre-orders for iPhone 4s in China and limiting customers to one phone per purchase, a measure that could give regular consumers a way to beat scalpers who have been selling marked-up devices directly in front of Apple's retail stores in Shanghai and Beijing.
Customers in the world's largest mobile market must now try to place an order on the company's Chinese website using their identification number.
China Unicom's exclusive agreement for selling the iPhone in China is under threat, with China Telecom tipped to become a seller in the near future.
China Unicom's exclusive arrangement could "likely come to an end early next year", according to a Deutsche Bank analyst, who added, "Our own channel checks suggest [China Telecom] has been in intensive talks with chipset supplier Qualcomm and Apple."
Apple said it is now accepting pre-orders for iPhone 4s in China and limiting customers to one phone per purchase, a measure that could give regular consumers a way to beat scalpers who have been selling marked-up devices directly in front of Apple’s retail stores in Shanghai and Beijing.
GrubHub, a US-based online restaurant-delivery website, has announced updates to its iPhone application and the release of a new Android app enabling users to order food on the go and read reviews from more than 4,000 restaurants in 13 American cities.
"With the growing popularity of our mobile apps, we project mobile orders will comprise 10 percent of our sales by the end of 2010 – roughly USD7 million," said Mike Evans, GrubHub co-founder and COO.
China has become one of the biggest sources of games for mobile devices like the iPhone and social-networking sites like Facebook. But software developers in the country are finding it difficult to make profits in their home market.
Thailand's three top telecom carriers began selling the iPhone 4 simultaneously at midnight on Thursday with colourful events that drew thousands of diehard Apple fans.
Apple launched the product simultaneously in 30 other countries on Thursday following its introduction earlier in the US, UK, Canada, France and Japan.
7-Eleven on Monday launched 7-iCollection, an iPhone application for collecting premium offerings in Hong Kong by augmented reality technology to complement the ongoing Paddington Bear Art Jam World Tour Series Redemption Programme.
By integrating virtual images and texts with scenes from real life, as well as live interactivity and GPS location facility, 7-iCollection offers iPhone 3GS or 4G users a chance to experience catching Paddington Bear at any one of 7-Eleven’s locations in the city.
Apple on Sunday announced that iPhone 4 will be available to customers in China on 25 September at Apple Retail Stores, including the new Apple Store Hong Kong Plaza in Shanghai and the new Apple Store Xidan Joy City in Beijing that opens on the same day. iPhone 4 will also be available that day at China Unicom retail stores for qualified buyers with a new two-year contract.
Armed with a slew of supporting manufacturers, Google’s Android mobile operating system is quickly gaining ground on Research In Motion Ltd's BlackBerry and Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
Despite the newly released iPhone 4 and its brisk sales, market research firm comScore found that consumers’ usual vigour for Apple products wasn’t enough to keep Android from gaining market share from the iPhone.
Yesterday's smart high-end phone is today's mid-range phone and tomorrow's entry-level phone, a technology and market research consultancy Forrester report said. Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to more than double and cross 460 million over the next two years.