iPhone Coming to China Unicom in October and Orange UK in November

Submitted by lalit on September 28, 2009 - 11:47am.

The second biggest mobile carrier in China, Unicom has announced that Apple’s iPhone will be available in stores from October this year. The iPhone in China will be priced 5,000 Yuan ($730) and come with eight service packages ranging from 126 Yuan ($18) to 886 Yuan ($129) per month. Unicom has over 130 million wireless customers and the company has started updating its networks for 3G service last quarter, providing an ideal platform for iPhone launch in China.

Orange in UK has also posted a “register your interest” page on their website declaring iPhone 3GS coming soon to Orange. It is believed that Orange will start selling the iPhone in November because the multiyear exclusive deal between O2 and Apple will end on November 9th 2009, two year after the iPhone was exclusively launched on O2 in 2007. No word on price yet, but it’s likely that Orange will offer the iPhone for free with contract to compete with O2.