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China Unicom Ltd. started selling the iPhone in October but early models lacked wireless connections due to Chinese regulations. Industry analysts say that hurt the iPhone’s appeal in China, where black market versions are widely available.
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.
Taiwan’s HTC Corp., which supplies smart phones to Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless in the United States, launched four models for China last month with Unicom rival China Mobile Ltd., the world’s biggest carrier by subscribers.
AP researcher Bonnie Cao in Beijing contributed to this report.
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