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Apple Sells 2 Million iPhones in China Over Launch Weekend

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Apple beat expectations and says that it sold over two million units of its iPhone 5 handset in China over the weekend.

Sales were higher than expected due to the seemingly low profile of the launch and local media reports of short to non-existent queues outside Apple's own retail stores. However it would appear that sales were stronger in 3rd party retailers and at the two networks offering the handset directly. The mobile networks may have also piped the Apple stores to early sales by opening earlier than usual.

"Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products."

Both China Unicom and China Telecom are offering the smartphone, although the largest mobile network in the country (and the world), China Mobile is still not an official reseller of Apple products.

The iPhone 5 will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December, which Apple said is the fastest iPhone rollout ever.

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