China Unicom Sees Massive Wave of iPhone 5 Preorders

We all knew it would be a smashing success. But now we have some numbers to validate the suspicion.

On Tuesday, as preorders for Apple’s iPhone 5 come flooding in from across the world’s largest mobile community, China Unicom – the second-largest Chinese wireless carrier – confirmed huge consumer interest in the new Apple smartphone.

In the first 24 hours of pre-sale reservations for the iPhone 5, China Unicom has already seen more than 100,000 preorders.

The devices will finally begin reaching consumers on December 14th, following weeks of delays that have only worked to whip up consumer interest in the device even further.

The WSJ says the repeated delays associated with the launch of the iPhone in China is in part due to “Apple’s need to cater to demand in the U.S. market as well as the country-specific tests and licensing necessary for a company to release a smartphone in China.”

So will chaos and madness reign supreme next week when the iPhone 5 is formally launched? Don’t count on it. Thanks to an efficient ID card and telephone number verification system, the distribution of the iPhone among those who preordered the iPhone 5 should be orderly and relatively calm.

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