iPhone 4S Launch in China Greeted With Long Lines

As expected, Apple’s iPhone 4S goes on sale in China and 21 new countries on Friday, January 13th.

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]

  • OGT

    OMG… I’ll never wait that ridiculous line like those idiots..! The way I get my 4S was online, and they sent my 4S right in front of my door..!

    • paul

      yea not sure why people here in US waited. i preordered mine, and it came the day the phone officially came out.

    • Alo

      Buy on line in china. Are you tofu brain paul , the chinese don’t even trust their parent :)

  • Wiilt

    this could mean that future a5 jailbreaks will come faster XD

    • Kimk69

      Because sometimes you have no choice if you want to get it on day one or 2 to 3 weeks. Usually the first couple of hours online they fall quickly to a three or four week ship time so that’s when u say screw it I’ll try at a store on opening day. Then when they don’t have the one u want left at the store, which is what happened to me with the iPad 2 I wound up waiting like a month and a half to get the thing. I’ve gotten the iPhone 4 & 4S by mail on the first day but if you don’t get it in the first couple hours your scr*wed.

  • K.C

    I wonder were these iPhone shipped directly from the China warehouse or to US than back to China…LOL, it should sell cheaper if directly from China

  • Lachlan

    Well, the delay got cancer des due to Violence in the lines.

    • Lachlan

      Canceled* ahh autocorrect ;P

  • Aurelie

    those people are not idiot. online order will take 2-3 weeks for getting the iphone and especially online store showed that no stock already. and most people lined up yesterday is scalper who wanna resell for making money. blame on the huge population in China.

  • http://iphoneorderonline.com rouke

    I wonder if this could be a world record. You know, for longest waiting lines ever or something like that..:)

    I even heard there’s some kids who sold their organ just to get iPhone. Hard for me to believe this.