iPhone 4 is coming to Taiwan, telecoms open registration

Iphone 4 is really coming, the three big carriers have received notification from Apple that (iPhone 4) will be released in Taiwan soon.

iPhone 4真的要來了,電信三雄已經收到蘋果通知,將於近期來台上市。

中華電信、台灣大哥大、遠傳等三家電信業者,都在這兩天簡訊或電子郵件的方式,告知媒體此一最新消息,並宣布可提前登記。不過,三家業者都還無法告知確切的上市日期,原因是仍須等待蘋果審核iPhone 4資費方案,也就是說,實際上市日期仍是掌握在蘋果手裡。

iPhone 4 zhēn de yào lái le, diàn xìn sān xióng yǐ jīng shōu dào píng guǒ tōng zhī, jiāng yú jìn qí lái tái shàng shì.

zhōng huá diàn xìn, tái wān dà gē dà, yuǎn chuán děng sān jiā diàn xìn yè zhě, dōu zài zhè liǎng tiān jiǎn xùn huò diàn zi yóu jiàn de fāng shì, gào zhī méi tǐ cǐ yī zuì xīn xiāo xí, bìng xuān bù kě tí qián dēng jì. bú guò, sān jiā yè zhě dōu hái wú fǎ gào zhī què qiè de shàng shì rì qí, yuán yīn shì réng xū děng dài píng guǒ shěn hé iPhone 4 zī fèi fāng àn, yě jiù shì shuō, shí jì shàng shì rì qí réng shì zhǎng wò zài píng guǒ shǒu lǐ.

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile and Far EasTone, all used text message or email to inform the media of the news and announce registrations (for iPhone 4). Although, the three companies still have no way to announce a definite release date, the reason being that they are still waiting Apple to investigate suitable pricing plans, in other words, the actual release date is still in Apple’s hands.

然而,至少已經不再是遙遙無期。先前中華電信曾向媒體表示,依據過去幾次iPhone上市的經驗,從接獲蘋果通知到實際上市,大約都是一個月左右時間。照此推估,台灣消費者仍得等到9月中下旬,才可能拿到iPhone 4。

rán ér, zhì shǎo yǐ jīng bú zài shì yáo yáo wú qí. xiān qián zhōng huá diàn xìn céng xiàng méi tǐ biǎo shì, yī jù guò qù jǐ cì iPhone shàng shì de jīng yàn, cóng jiē huò píng guǒ tōng zhī dào shí jì shàng shì, dà yuē dōu shì yī ge yuè zuǒ yòu shí jiān. zhào cǐ tuī gū, tái wān xiāo fèi zhě réng dé děng dào 9 yuè zhōng xià xún, cái kě néng ná dào iPhone 4.

However, at least it’s not that far off. Chunghwa Telelcom has previously said to the media that according to experience from the last few iphone releases the time from recieving notification from Apple until the actual release is about a month. According to estimates, Taiwan consumers still have to wait until mid-September before getting iPhone 4.

由於資費、上市時間都還未定,三家電信商此刻尚無法正式開放預購。因此中華電信與遠傳都在官網上打出「iPhone 4即將上市」,要用戶預先登記資料,以便之後「即時掌握iPhone 4最新資訊」。台哥大稍微大膽一點,官網打出「歡迎預訂iPhone 4」標題,但實際上也只是留資料「登記」而非「預購」。

yóu yú zī fèi, shàng shì shí jiān dōu hái wèi dìng, sān jiā diàn xìn shāng cǐ kē shàng wú fǎ zhèng shì kāi fàng yù gòu. yīn cǐ zhōng huá diàn xìn yŭ yuǎn chuán dōu zài guān wǎng shàng dǎ chū “iPhone 4 jí jiāng shàng shì”, yào yòng hù yù xiān dēng jì zī liào, yǐ biàn zhī hòu “jí shí zhǎng wò iPhone 4 zuì xīn zī xùn”. tái gē dà shāo wéi dà dǎn yī diǎn, guān wǎng dǎ chū “huān yíng yù dìng iPhone 4” biāo tí, dàn shí jì shàng yě zhǐ shì liú zī liào “dēng jì” ér fēi “yù gòu”.

As the price and release date have yet to be finalised, at this point the three telecoms have no way to take pre-orders. Therefore, Chunghwa Telecom and Far EasTone both announced that “iPhone 4 is about to be released” and want consumers to register in advance so that they may “immediately recieve the newest iPhone information”. Taiwan Mobile was a little bit more bold, and announced “Welcome pre-orders for iPhone 4”, but in reality it’s just information “registration” and not “pre-order”.

外界預估,這將是電信三雄頭一次同時開賣iPhone,而且iPhone 4在海外缺貨的情形,初期恐怕也會在台灣上演。

wài jiè yù gū, zhè jiāng shì diàn xìn sān xióng tóu yī cì tóng shí kāi mài iPhone, ér qiě iPhone 4 zài hǎi wài quē huò de qíng xíng, chū qí kǒng pà yě huì zài tái wān shàng yǎn.

Other sources estimate that this will be the first time the three telecoms have simultaneously started selling an Iphone, in addition the iPhone shortage abroad might also affect the initial stage of the iPhone release.

業界謠傳,蘋果目前承諾三家業者的第一批iPhone 4數量,都沒有超過1萬支,恐怕上市沒幾天就會賣光。可能也是因為這樣,業者才早早展開預先登記,希望以用戶熱烈的需求數字,來作為後續跟蘋果談判增加進貨量的籌碼。

yè jiè yáo chuán, píng guǒ mù qián chéng nuò sān jiā yè zhě de dì yī pī iPhone 4 shù liàng, dōu méi yǒu chāo guò 1 wàn zhī, kǒng pà shàng shì méi jǐ tiān jiù huì mài guāng. kě néng yě shì yīn wéi zhè yàng, yè zhě cái zǎo zǎo zhǎn kāi yù xiān dēng jì, xī wàng yǐ yòng hù rè liè de xū qiú shù zì, lái zuò wéi hòu xù gēn píng guǒ tán pàn zēng jiā jìn huò liàng de chóu mǎ.

According to industry rumours, for the first batch of iPhones Apple has promised to provide no more 10,000 units, probably resulting in a sell out after only a few days. It could be for this reason that the businesses (telelcoms) open registration early, so they can use the consumer demand as a bargaining chip to request more phones from Apple.

[下午06:45更新] 遠傳表示,累計至今日中午,已有近13000名消費者加入iPhone 4線上登記。

[ xià wŭ 06:45 gèng xīn ] yuǎn chuán biǎo shì, lèi jì zhì jīn rì zhōng wŭ, yǐ yǒu jìn 13000 míng xiāo fèi zhě jiā rù iPhone 4 xiàn shàng dēng jì.

(6.45pm update) Far EasTone indicate that this afternoon there have already been close to 13,000 consumers register online for iPhone4.

Source: ZDNet Taiwan

(Chinese Hacks note: According to a report from ZDNet this evening, registrations for iPhone 4 surpassed 30,000)

Keywords

There is a lot of announcing, informing, indicating and estimating going on in this news. These are keywords are frequently used in news articles so you better get used to them 😉

通知

Pinyin: tōng zhī
English: to notify

宣布

Pinyin: xuān bù
English: to announce

告知

Pinyin: gào(gù) zhī
English: to inform, to tell

表示

Pinyin: biǎo shì
English: to express

推估

Pinyin: tuī gū
English: to estimate

預估

Pinyin: yù gū
English: to predict, to estimate

As a bonus here’s an extra word that isn’t used in this news report, but is still a very common word in Chinese news:

指出

Pinyin:  zhǐ chū
English: to indicate, to point out