China's second-largest carrier, China Unicom, has announced on its Sina Weibo blog
that it has already reached 300,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 5, four days ahead of its retail debut
and four days after it began accepting pre-orders. The company reported that 100,000 reservations had been taken on the first full day of pre-ordering, and it reached 200,000 pre-orders
on the second day. Though the iPhone had been seen to be losing market share in China during the previous quarter, this may represent pent-up demand for the latest model.