Phones bought through China Unicom require a two year service contract. However, the phone is also available contract-free at Apple stores.
Liu Liang, an analyst with consulting group iResearch, commented on the iPhone's popularity."The level of smartphone usage is hitting a new level in China," he said. "A lot of users no longer want to use these older phones with few features and instead want to buy the latest models like the iPhone."
The iPad was also met with enthusiasm in China, though sales figures are not yet available.