Just a few days ago, Apple announced that it would be launching the iPhone 4S in China and in 22 other new countries on January 13th. This means that the iPhone 4S will be just in time for the Chinese holiday season, with the Chinese New Year falling on January 23rd. Without a doubt, the launch will be a huge hit.
Today, Bloomberg reports that China Unicom, Apple’s existing iPhone carrier partner in the country, has announced details on pricing that include a free iPhone 4S for users subscribing to contracts being offered for as little as $45 per month. This promotion will begin on January 13th. China Unicom subscribers can get a free 32-gigabyte iPhone 4S with a three-year service contract. And the 16GB model is available free for those who agree to a two-year contract.
China United Network Communications Group (CHTZ), the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, will give users an Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 4S if they sign multiyear service contracts costing as little as 286 yuan ($45) a month.
The promotion starting Jan. 13 offers a 32-gigabyte model with a three-year plan, while a commitment to two years for a monthly fee of 386 yuan allows users to get the 16-gigabyte model, the company known as China Unicom said in a statement on its website yesterday.
The subsidies offered by China Unicom seems to be much better than the carriers across the world, but the iPhone has proven to be costly for the carriers. In the U.S., customers on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon can get a 16GB iPhone 4S for $199 with a new two-year contract, while the 32GB model costs $299 and 64GB is $399. The iPhone 3GS, if purchased via AT&T, is offered for $0 with a new two-year contract.