Apple takes steps to nip iPhone 4 scalping in bud [Telecom]

Hmmm, China Telecom uses CDMA for their cellphones, so what kind of iPhone 4s are being sold in China?

Interesting article found at:

" " Apple takes steps to nip iPhone 4 scalping in bud " By Tuo Yannan (China Daily) " Updated: 2010-10-09 10:02 " " BEIJING - Apple has ceased direct sales of its iPhone 4 at " its retail outlets in Beijing and Shanghai and is only " accepting online orders in order to curb rampant scalping, " just 13 days after the company launched it in the mainland. " " Customers lined up continuously in front of the four Apple " stores in the two cities after Apple launched the popular " handset in the mainland on Sept 25. " " Although Apple refused to reveal sales figures for the " iPhone 4 in China, a salesman at the company's flagship " store in Beijing's Sanlitun Village shopping mall said " that 1,000 phones were sold within three hours. " " The popularity of the iPhone 4 gave scalpers golden " opportunities, who hired people to line up outside Apple " stores and charged an extra 600 yuan per device. According " to a report in the Shanghai Morning Post, the Sanlitun " Apple store closed on Sept 29 due to scalping activities. " " Apple China announced the new rules for purchases of the " iPhone 4 on its website on Thursday. Customers have to " pre-order the phone online with their real name and pick " it up from Apple outlets with their identity card or " passport. Each customer can only pre-order one iPhone 4 " per day, discouraging scalping. " " "It is a very good way to prevent scalping," said Beijing " office worker Kong Xiangyi. " " "I'd rather not have an iPhone 4 than pay scalpers," said Kong. " " There are three way to buy an official iPhone 4 in the " mainland: pre-order from Apple's website, Apple's official " partner China Unicom, or Suning Appliance Co Ltd, the " nation's largest electronics retailer. " " China Unicom's sales of the iPhone 4 since Sept 25 have " exceeded 100,000, according to Li Gang, senior vice-president " of the company. " " Fan Zhijun, vice-president of Suning Appliance Co Ltd, told " China Daily that its daily sales of the handset in Beijing " were around 1,000. " " Vincent Gu, senior analyst of iSuppli Corporation, an Internet " analysis company, said the online order rule is "a marketing " measure", and the scalping phenomenon will fade as the " novelty of the new product wears off. " " "Normally electronic products do not have supply problems, " so I think this is a marketing measure," he said. " " Beside its Chinese carrier partner China Unicom, Apple was " reported to have had "intensive talks" on the iPhone 4 with " China Telecom, China's third-largest wireless operator. " Deutsche Bank AG analysts were quoted by the Wall Street Journal " as saying that China Telecom may be in talks with Apple to " offer the iPhone 4 next year. " " The Wall Street Journal said Apple may build a Code Division " Multiple Access version of the popular iPhone 4 device for " the US provider Verizon Wireless's CDMA network. China Telecom " uses the same technology. " " Apple Inc and China Telecom spokespersons refused to comment.

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Thad Floryan
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Since their current network partner is China Unicom, not China Telecom, I expect it's the same GSM phone they sell everywhere else.

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