Apple's iPhone 4S already on sale in China

Oct 15, 2011
The new Apple iPhone 4S is displayed at an Apple store on October 14. Apple's iPhone 4S was available in several Beijing shops Saturday, despite not officially being for sale in China.

Apple's iPhone 4S was available in several Beijing shops Saturday, despite not officially being for sale in China.

"Today we have got two from Canada, they're 11,000 yuan ($1,720) each. If you're interested, you need to come straight away," a saleswoman at a mobile phone shop at Hailong market told AFP.

She said it was a 16GB model, the least expensive in the range. In the US the same phone is sold for $199 with a two-year contract.

At Zhongguancun, the Chinese "", in the northwest of Beijing, a shopkeeper specialising in Apple products said: "We don't have any more, it will be next Tuesday at best."

Many Chinese media titles also reported on the high-price sales of the much sought-after phones.

By the end of August China had 940 million , 10 percent of which were on 3G, according to the ministry of industry and information technology.

Wang Jianzhou, the President of , the country's biggest operator, said they had sold 9.5 million iPhones by the end of September, according to the Beijing Qingnian Bao newspaper.

The second biggest operator, , announced a drop in price for iPhone 3GS and 4 from Sunday although the official date for the launch of the in China has not been set.

The latest Apple product was launched in seven countries on Thursday and will be released for sale in another 22 countries on October 28.

According to experts in the field it will come out in China towards the end of the year, Xinjing Bao newspaper reported.

Apple products are extremely popular in China where people queue for hours to get their hands on the latest devices.

After the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs last week almost 35 million tributes were posted on the microblogging site Sina Weibo.

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