China Unicom claims more than 1 million iPhone users

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China Unicom, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in China, has claimed that it now has over one million iPhone users under contract. Citing a client note from Deutsche Bank which quoted China Unicom directly, Fortune reports that 73% of Unicom’s iPhone users are also users of the company’s largest competitor, China Mobile, a stat gleaned from the company’s standard procedure of asking for customers’ current numbers when signing them up for a new plan. According to the report, 35-38% of those users on both networks say they plan to continue using both carriers for another six months; the average iPhone user provides 260 yuan (roughly $39) to China Mobile, compared to 134 yuan for regular 3G users and 39.8 yuan for customers who stick with the company’s 2G network.

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Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.