At last! This is some of the best news I’ve heard in ages. iPhone 4’s with 3g and WiFi will now be freely allowed for sale in China in the Apple retail stores and from China Unicom. Until recently, only models with WiFi disabled were available on the mainland, driving people to purchase uncrippled models from Hong Kong and overseas.
From a few anecdotal conversations I’ve had with Chinese friends, there was previously stigma attached to purchasing the locally available crippled iPhone models from China Unicom. If a full version is now available, I’d expect increased sales, which further distributes the platform creating further opportunities for application developers.