Folks at Tech in Asia are reporting that there are already long lines outside Apple Stores in China.
Tech in Asia reports:
There are already huge queues outside of China’s five official Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stores in readiness for tomorrow’s launch of the iPhone 4S. 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.
Tech in Asia also reports that China Unicom, which is Apple’s exclusive iPhone carrier partner in China sent out text messages to their customers reminding them that iPhone 4S will be available on their website from 12:01 am, who is offering the 16GB iPhone 4S for free with a two-year contract.
But users are apparently more interested in buying the unlocked iPhone 4S models rather than committing to a contract with China Unicom. The 16 GB iPhone 4S is available for 4988 RMB (approx. $790), 32GB iPhone 4S for 5888 RMB (approx. $930) and 64GB iPhone 4S for 6788 RMB (approx. $1075).
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iPhone 4S also goes on sale in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda on Friday.
[via Tech in Asia]