BEIJING – Apple’s Chinese partner says it will sell iPhones with Wi-Fi starting Monday.
China Unicom Ltd started selling the iPhone in October but early models lacked wireless connections due to Chinese regulations.
Unicom will sell eight-gigabyte iPhones with third-generation service and Wi-Fi throughout China starting Monday, a company spokesman, Wen Baoqiu, said Friday.
Wi-Fi is a part of the iPhone’s appeal elsewhere and allows phones to use free wireless networks in cafes and offices to download e-mail and the latest applications.
Beijing barred use of Wi-Fi while the government tried to develop a competing Chinese system, dubbed WAPI but regulations issued this year allow Wi-Fi.
Unicom also sells 16- and 32-gigabyte iPhones without Wi-Fi.
China has the most populous mobile phone market, with some 600 million accounts.