Yesterday the news came out that China Unicom had purchased 5 million iPhones from Apple. Today, AppleInsider reports that China Unicom is denying those assertions. A spokesman from the company stated that they are in talks with Apple to be the exclusive Chinese iPhone carrier, but that no phones had been purchased as of yet.
The report stated that five million iPhones (roughly equal to the entire Q3 sales of the iPhone 3GS) had been sold to China Unicom for a staggering $1.46 billion. The company spokesman stated that this was simply untrue. A special WCDMA version of the iPhone that was constructed to work on Chinese carriers has been approved by the government, but as of yet is not being sold and does not have a carrier.
It's entirely possible (even likely) that Unicom will end up being the exclusive iPhone carrier in China. Apple has been talking with them for a while now, and rumors of a three-year deal between the two corporations have been running rampant for weeks, despite denial from both companies. It appears we still have a few more days to wait before we find out the truth about Apple's plans for China.
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