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Hundreds Lining Up for iPhone 4S at Chinese Apple Stores

With close to twelve hours still to go until opening time, Tech in Asia reports that Apple's five retail stores in China are seeing huge lines for the iPhone 4S, with stores said to already be seeing hundreds of people in line.
At the two stores in Beijing, and the three in Shanghai, there are clearly lines stretching hundreds of meters, with reports of hundreds of queuers at each, snaking around city blocks (see more photos below). Most stores have a ticketing system to deter queue-jumpers, but that won’t stop the ‘scalpers’ who buy the phones to resell later at a profit.

Apple's Xidan Joy City store in Beijing

The report notes that Apple's iPhone partner China Unicom will begin selling the iPhone 4S online at 12:01 AM, but that there is undoubtedly significant interest in unlocked devices sold directly from Apple. Pricing is set at the equivalent of $790/$932/$1,074 for the three capacities of unlocked iPhone 4S models.


Apple's Pudong store in Shanghai

For those customers willing to sign up for a contract with China Unicom, the carrier is offering the iPhone 4S for free under certain rate plans and contract lengths.

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38 months ago
Haven't they seen the Samsung commercials? :rolleyes:
Rating: 15 Votes
38 months ago
Wasn't this phone supposed to be a disappointment/letdown/anticlimactic event?
Rating: 10 Votes
38 months ago

Wasn't this phone supposed to be a disappointment/letdown/anticlimactic event?

Only to the people who can't see the big picture.
Rating: 10 Votes
38 months ago
The clone phones do not work as well as the original, and there are plenty of people in China with money to buy a real iPhone.

China will be the largest iPhone market in a very short time.
Rating: 9 Votes
38 months ago
Anyone ever see a line like that for an Android phone outside a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T store? Just curious.
Rating: 9 Votes
38 months ago

Anyone ever see a line like that for an Android phone outside a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T store? Just curious.


That kind of mindshare has to be earned. It doesn't appear out of thin air. And it took Apple years of fine-tuning vertical integration (which also helped them achieve radical differentiation.) You can market the hell out of your product but if there is nothing behind it, it won't do any good. Certainly not in today's market.
Rating: 9 Votes
38 months ago

Wow, that's some survey! Must have taken ages.


I wonder if he used an abacus to tally up the numbers? :confused:
Rating: 7 Votes
38 months ago

Anyone ever see a line like that for an Android phone outside a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T store? Just curious.


hell people would have to line up daily for all the android phones and versions that come out.

android the OS might generate that kind of loyalty, but show me one android handset that does? they are all replaced within a few weeks, which doesn't build any sort of customer loyalty.
Rating: 6 Votes
38 months ago

I've heard most of the Chinese want LTE smartphones which Apple doesn't make. ;)


Wow, that's some survey! Must have taken ages.
Rating: 6 Votes
38 months ago

Wasn't this phone supposed to be a disappointment/letdown/anticlimactic event?


You forgot "dropped the ball", "final nail in the coffin", and "end is near"
Rating: 5 Votes

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