China Unicom to launch Wi-Fi capable iPhone

China Unicom will start selling a Wi-Fi capable iPhone in China beginning next week, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing a China Unicom official familiar with the matter, the Journal reports that the new offering could help boost Unicom’s sales of the iPhone, which have been slow thus far and have faced competition from gray-market iPhones brought into the country from other places. Notably, the Journal’s report does not make clear whether this new iPhone uses traditional Wi-Fi or WAPI, the Chinese-specific wireless networking technology, although an iPhone with the latter technology received regulatory approval in May. The report also states that Telstra’s Hong Kong unit, CSL, is facing iPhone 4 supply issues after selling through its initial inventory within hours of the device’s midnight launch.