As hype builds for the iPhone 6, telecommunications carriers in Hong Kong and mainland China are going all out to attract customers.
SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Ltd. (00315.HK), Hutchison Whampoa’s (00013.HK) Three Hong Kong and csl., which is controlled by PCCW Ltd. (00008.HK), have launched pre-sale offers for Apple Inc.’s latest smartphone.
In Beijing, as of Wednesday night, more than 50,000 people have put in preorders for the device with China Mobile Ltd. (00941.HK).
China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd. (600050.CN) said the iPhone 6 will be on sale on September 19 at a price of 7,688 yuan (US$1,251), or HK$9,692, for a 5.5-inch, 64GB version.
Apple Inc. is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9.
Demand for an iPhone with a larger screen has been rising since Samsung launched its large-screen Samsung Note series combining phone and tablet to make a “phablet”, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday, citing Hong Kong Consumer Electronics Alliance chairman Francis Fong.
Apple is also expected to launch its iWatch soon. The gadget will feature health monitoring functions when used with an iPhone which would boost market demand, Fong said.
Given a lower cost for the iPhone in Hong Kong compared with mainland China, vendors in the city said it is lucrative for speculators to resell the phone, which is now worth over HK$10,000 (US$1,290) in the grey market.
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