Chinese carriers notch 1M official iPhone 6 & 6 Plus preorders in 6 hours

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in iPhone edited October 2014
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially went up for preorder in China Friday morning and initial reports say the country's top three wireless carriers accepted one million orders in the first six hours of availability.




The preliminary numbers come from China's three biggest telecoms, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, reports Tencent News. It is unclear if the one million unit figure includes orders placed through the Chinese Online Apple Store, which also initiated preorders on Friday.

Along with the major players, more than 6,700 authorized resellers will have the new iPhones in stock when the handsets launch on Oct. 17, said a representative from China Telecom's Guangdong location.

Citing inside sources, the publication claims some 6.5 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models are bound for China Mobile, more than 50 percent of all supply entering the country on launch day. The world's largest cellular provider by subscribership uses a unique TD-LTE network that requires custom communications hardware. For the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple has demarcated handsets supporting China Mobile's flavor of LTE as model numbers A1589 and A1593, respectively.

Prior to today's authorized preorder launch, Chinese telcos and third-party resellers were taking reservations for the new iPhones. As noted by Fortune, website JingDong registered more than 9 million reservations as of 8:30 p.m. local China time. At the time of this writing, customer "appointments" showed a split of 4,626,516 for the iPhone 6 and 4,782,051 iPhone 6 Plus.

With first weekend sales hitting 10 million units last month, the iPhone 6 is already off to a record-breaking start, but that number is expected to swell as the company completes its fastest ever rollout to a total of 115 countries by the end of 2014.

Apple will begin in-store iPhone 6 sales in China one week from today on Oct. 17.
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  • Reply 1 of 37

    I thought there were ~4 million.

  • Reply 2 of 37
    Love it. Hopefully in a few years analysts will be crying that Apple only sold 20 million iPhone 7's on launch weekend.
  • Reply 3 of 37
    Interesting to see the mix of iPhone 6 and 6+ the Chinese market was buying. With the East and West going nuts for the new iPhones this does not bode well for Samsung/Android or Microsoft. And the less said about Blackberry, the better.
  • Reply 4 of 37
    They need to just say.. After 9 million reservation, the iPhone is at 10 million preorders.
  • Reply 5 of 37

    Boom Baby...  Rock 'n Roll...

    Go Apple, Go Go Go.

  • Reply 6 of 37

    Intentions overcome the convenience.

    The intention to buy an inconveniently bigger phone is bad. (And read this statement thrice in case Samsung).

     

    iPhone 5S is the best. iPhone 6 is uncomfortable in pockets. Still I bought iPhone 6. :)

  • Reply 7 of 37
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 1,096member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    I thought there were ~4 million.


    Previous reports were tracking "reservations"

     

    These are orders (pre orders)

  • Reply 8 of 37
    connieconnie Posts: 101member

    With the bigger iPhones, Apple will kick ass and take names in the whole of Asia. All the other manufacturers can thank the stars that Apple did not come out with a bigger screen iPhone last year already, it would have been a bloodbath for them regarding profits.

  • Reply 9 of 37
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Wei to go, China.
  • Reply 10 of 37
    blazarblazar Posts: 270member
    How much bigger are they going to make those factories? Shouldnt they diversify the manufacturing locations or is no other country capable of the scale?

    All eggs in one basket and all...
  • Reply 11 of 37
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    I thought there were ~4 million.




    Maybe those were rumored pre-orders?

  • Reply 12 of 37
    This sounds encouraging. Let's hope Apple can sustain sales records throughout the year.

    I hope there are no bulls in China's Apple shops.
  • Reply 13 of 37

    Hmmmm... quite confusing. Over 9 million reservations but so far we have 1 million preorders.

  • Reply 14 of 37
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

     

    Hmmmm... quite confusing. Over 9 million reservations but so far we have 1 million preorders.


     

    In 6h, wait a while paduan (homage to star wars)

  • Reply 15 of 37
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    Originally Posted by foggyhill View Post

     

     

    In 6h, wait a while paduan (homage to star wars)


     

    What am I waiting for?

     

    Wouldn't 9 million reservations equal 9 million preorders?

     

    You seem to know the Chinese ordering system. Tell me how this works.

  • Reply 16 of 37
    esoomesoom Posts: 155member

    Damn it, I was just thinking Apple was doomed, and this happens...

  • Reply 17 of 37
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,135member
    Do you smell that? I smell death knocking on Samsung's doorstep in China...
  • Reply 18 of 37
    What am I waiting for?

    Wouldn't 9 million reservations equal 9 million preorders?

    You seem to know the Chinese ordering system. Tell me how this works.

    I may be wrong, but perhaps only the people who made reservations can now preorder or get it in store on the 17th (or they at least get the priority). There's no rush to place the actual orders, they have until the 17th to do it and with a reservation it's guaranteed to go through. I'm expecting the number of preorders to steadily increase toward 9 million over the course of the week.
  • Reply 19 of 37
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    Originally Posted by kForceZero View Post





    I may be wrong, but perhaps only the people who made reservations can now preorder or get it in store on the 17th (or they at least get the priority). There's no rush to place the actual orders, they have until the 17th to do it and with a reservation it's guaranteed to go through. I'm expecting the number of preorders to steadily increase toward 9 million over the course of the week.

     

    That makes sense.

  • Reply 20 of 37
    dnd0psdnd0ps Posts: 253member
    What am I waiting for?

    Wouldn't 9 million reservations equal 9 million preorders?

    You seem to know the Chinese ordering system. Tell me how this works.

    Jing Dong is an online retailer,kind of like China's Amazon. As far as I know, iPhones bought there are unlocked, where pre-orders are carrier specific. 9 million unlocked iPhones, hell that's how much Apple sold WORLDWIDE on launch week.
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