Originally Posted by reinharden
The number of people willing to pay $1000+ for a more limited version of the iPhone is probably pretty limited. Especially when China Unicom is publicly saying that they hope to offer a version *with* WiFi in a few months.
If you have to have an iPhone today, you get it via Hong Kong. If you're willing to wait another few months, you can get it direct from China Unicom fully featured.
If Apple and China Unicom had said that a software update would enable WiFi in a few months, that might have helped a little. But I'm not sure whether Apple removed the hardware or simply disabled it...
If it's a Software Fix, then why would Apple be waiting till later to Turn On the WiFi with some kind of Software Fix. They should be able to do that now!
If it's a Hardware Fix, what happens to those who already bought it now, or are about to buy it? Will the be able to swap their present iPhones without WiFie for the Fully Featured iPhones with WiFi? Will that swap be Free, or how much? If not Free, then most people will wait. But then, will Apple have to take back the Unsold iPhones and "eat" the loss? I would expect not, since it wasn't Apple's decision to take out WiFi. They were forced to do it!
Today, on 11/3/09 Episode of http://www.macosken.com
Podcast, I heard that 5,000 Activated iPhones number was based only on 2 Locations out of 1,000 Locations where iPhone is being Sold! So, vote is not fully in, particularly until the WiFi - Fully Featurued iPhones start rolling in, right?!
In a way, if this is to be called a Soft Launch, that give everyone to easy into it, and work out whatever glitches, unlike the All At Once MobileMe Launch that we don't want to remember...
My Suspicion is that most of the Chinese are waiting till WiFi is included! Then, the Legal iPhones can Support and Warranties that Grey Market iPhones don't! Also, if the Jailbroken iPhone is not working, where will those consumers go for Support?
I agree with those who say that Apple wins either way, with or without Grey Market! Once the dust settles, it'll be a clearer picture, and, the prices will come down anyway! They always do!
I wonder if WiFi was removed so that the Politicians can control the Information better, unlike Twitter and recent events in Iran? Or was WiFi removed for other reasons, like forcing people into higher Minutes Plans, and thus Greed?
What about VoIP - GoogleVoice, Skype, Vonage! Will there be anything like that in China on iPhones and other Smart Phones?
How well do the Smarthones by Motorolla and Blackberry, etc sell in China? No Pre there yet, right?
I don't remember, does India have iPhone, or is it mostly Grey Market there too?