Apple intends to make a version available for sale in some oriental countries, particularly China, Japan, South Korea and India. The company estimated to ship and sell several million units in the first quarter of 2011. Beside, we heard there will be more Apple store opening up in China.
The cost of manufacturing the CDMA phone is higher ($190-200 per unit) than the iPhone 4 due to the CDMA baseband module is more expensive.
With the two major assembly partners Foxconn and Pagatron, Foxconn began to ship CDMA iPhone 4 in December 2010, which solely supplied to the U.S. Pegatron started shipping its CDMA iPhone 4 in January 2011 particular for supplied to China and other countries.
Apple has infused various new technologies into the CDMA iPhone, including halogen-free connectors, carbon fiber internals, solar glass charger plates and double-webcams.
The CDMA iPhone will definitely be available in all China’s Apple flagship stores and potentially provide by China Telecom or China Unicom. According to ifoAppleStore, Chinese Apple Stores plan special New Year events, Apple has emailed an invitation to their customers in China to visit the retail stores between January 26 and February 13 for select events such as workshops, One to One training and shopping specials on Apple and third-party products.
The very last thing that we heard is Shanghai and Hong Kong will be soon having new Apple Stores. The first store in Hong Kong and the third in Shanghai (China) is confirmed, but progress on construction and hiring on both isn’t known.
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