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iPhone Disappoints in China Debut

Apple's iPhone releases in the U.S. have been met with seemingly interminable waits and fanfare. But on Friday, when the iPhone debuted in China, there wasn’t even a wait to buy the phones at the flagship Apple store in Beijing. The phones had yet to sell out as of Sunday evening, The Wall Street Journal reports. Apple and Unicom, the state-owned and authorized carrier of the iPhone, are charging $730 to $1,020 for the sleek piece of mobile technology, which doesn't even come with Wi-Fi service because of restrictions imposed by the Chinese government. The price may put the iPhone at a disadvantage in a country where unauthorized iPhones are a regular on the gray market. An estimated 2 million users already own one, and at a fraction of the cost. Apple and China Unicom declined to provide sales figures.