Apple to launch the iPhone 4, open two new stores in China on September 25th

Image showing the backside of an Apple iPhone 4

Image showing the backside of an Apple iPhone 4

Apple announced today that the iPhone 4 will launch in China on September 25th. The high-end smartphone will be available starting at 8AM in all Apple retail stores in China, including the new Beijing and Shanghai stores which will celebrate their Grand Opening with the launch of Apple’s premier handset. Apple retail stores will sell both the 16GB and 32GB model without a contract for CNY4,999 ($743) and CNY5,999 ($892), respectively.

China Unicom will be the exclusive carrier for the iPhone 4 and will be selling the handset in its retail stores starting September 25th. The smartphone will be available for eligible customers with a two-year customer agreement. Retail Pricing for the subsidized model has not been announced by China Unicom, but interested customers can find the pricing and tariff information here when it becomes available.

Apple launch the iPad in China last week and the launch was greeted with long lines and enthusiastic customers. All the hype and excitement surrounding the iPad should help keep customer’s interest in Apple products on the upswing. This heightened interest may drive sales of the Apple iPhone 4, which would be good news for China Unciom. With 156 million subscribers, China Unicom is the number two wireless carrier in China and is banking on Apple’s latest generation handset to pull some subscribers away from it primary competitor China Mobile.

[Via Press Release]

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