China Unicom, the second largest carrier in the country, asked for iPhone 5 pre-orders on Monday and they got them.
In the first 24 hours, the provider received over 100,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 5. That’s online reservations only. In-store pre-orders aren’t included in that count. Also, it should be noted how China Unicom does pre-orders. There is no money involved. Instead, they ask for some personal information like the buyer’s name, their ID card number, telephone number and then they select which carrier plan and the iPhone model they want.
The pre-order reports came in soon after the iPhone 5 passed its last regulatory agency and official announcement of the release date of December 14th.