China Unicom has done something new by subsidizing the nearly brand new Apple iPhone 4S line to customers interested in getting into a service commitment with them. Starting on January 13th, China Unicom, will have the 16GB and 32GB variants of the iPhone 4S apart of this free with contract offer.
The commitments will be 3-year contracts with a monthly minimum cost of 286 yuan ($45 USD). China Unicom will also offer a 2-year contract option for the 16GB iPhone 4S where customers will have a minimum monthly price of 386 yuan ($61 USD). We are not sure if the iPhone 4S is a handset that would be worth sticking in a 3-year contract with and 2-year commitments are not that much appealing either.