Turns out the rumors weren't too far off. After fighting
for ages to get the iPhone 3G to Chinese shores, citizens of the
aforementioned nation will soon be able to pick up one of Apple's latest
(the iPhone 4, if you're keeping count) without reverting to importers
and KIRF shops.
Starting on September 25th, the iPhone 4 will be available across China
in retail locations as well as China Unicom shops, with off-contract
pricing set for CNY4,999 (16GB model) and CNY5,999 (32GB model) --
that's around $743 and $892 in greenbacks, respectively. Those looking
for subsidization options will need to do some digging once China Unicom
starts talking numbers. But hey, at least this one has WiFi!