Major Chinese carrier China Telecom starts selling Apple’s iPhone 4S in China today, and the phone is available for sale at 2,850 retail outlets of China Telecom, and from local electronics retailers. Guess what, the carrier has taken more than 200,000 pre-orders, and still counting.
Taiwanese smartphone vendor HTC has recently opened its first Chinese flagship store in Beijing. Housed in Beijing Blue Harbor, where international brands open their flagship stores, the store will offer HTC products and personalised service. Check out the full gallery of the store after the break!
There just seems no stopping those Angry Birds from taking over China — The next move in Rovio’s China take-over plan is to open up shops in Beijing and Shanghai, and the company aims to hit $100 million in retail sales in China in the first year of store operations.
Apple is properly missing out on the Chinese New Year sales in China. Apple stopped selling all iPhones at its five China outlets on Jan. 13 after customers pelted the flagship store in Beijing with eggs because the company had cancelled the opening sales for the iPhone 4S. Pulling all iPhones from the company retail stores, it will give its competitors a potential boost during the country most important gift-giving season. According to the government statistics, the one-week new years holiday, which begins Jan. 23, had generated $64 billion in retail sales last year …
Lines outside the Apple store in Beijing’s Sanlitun district show no signs of shortening, causing frustration for the thousands of fans and scalpers desperate to get their hands on the iPhone 4S. Now some of that disappointment is turning to anger, with reports of fights breaking out between gangs of scalpers, and guess what, Beijing SWAT teams arrived. So, the Apple store employees later announced that the launch of iPhone 4S is cancelled at the Apple’s flagship store in Beijing, and all scalpers are pissed.
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Herman Lai contributed to this report.
The official Shanghai Disneyland is scheduled to open in 2016, but there is already a Disneyland knockoff in China today. Called the Wonderland, it is situated on the outskirts of Beijing (45 minutes drive), and it was supposed ‘the largest amusement park in Asia’. Yup, it was supposed to be… however, the construction stopped more than a decade ago, due to land disputes and insufficient funds. Now, it’s a deadman wonderland that is waiting for Walt Disney to destroy. Feel free to take a video tour of the dilapidated fantasy park after the break.
Selling fruits is pretty common on sidewalk around the cities of China, but in Beijing, we see a man selling apples in a phenomenal way. He just loves iPhone 4S. Two more photos after the break.
OMFG. Huge lines for the iPhone 4S are seen at all five Apple stores in China, and in the Beijing Apple store, we see hundreds of queuers with red caps getting ready to buy the iPhone 4S to resell later at a profit. A lot of photos and video after the break.
Apple is currently facing a lawsuit in a Beijing court after officials accepted a case filed from nine well-known Chinese writers, as the writers found unauthorized versions of their works have been submitted to the App Store and that the company is directly profiting from sales of illegal downloads of the books.
Since 2007, the concept of cloud computing had already been widely discussed and has become the IT industry’s hottest keyword. American firms like Amazon and Google may have pioneered cloud computing, but the Beijing city’s government hopes to dominate the industry, so they had already built a 7,800 square meter complex called “Cloud Valley” in southern Beijing as the base for cloud computing.
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