China Unicom, Apple’s carrier partner in China, has sold out its entire first allocation of devices, says Vice-President Li Gang. Only days earlier the carrier had reported they had received over 200,00 pre-orders for Apple’s latest smartphone. Demand has been so high, in fact, that customers can no longer order phones online and are instead being asked to make the trip to a retail store to order.
UK readers may remember O2 doing a similar thing initially before finally allowing online ordering.
What’s interesting here is that both the iPhone 3G and 3GS were notoriously slow sellers in China, with a whole month being needed to ship the 100,000 units sold in just four days this time around.
Apple has promised to provide more handsets for desperate fans as soon as possible and is advising customers to check stock levels often.