After four days of availability, China Unicom (CU) has sold 100,000 iPhone 4s in China (here are some photos from launch day). Pre-orders began on September 16th, and CU reported earlier this week that 200,000 orders were taken. Today, all online reservations have come to a halt. Customers must be physically present at a retail store to buy one. For now, the iPhone 4 is outselling the iPhone 3GS many times over.
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.