iPhone 4S Coming to China Telecom

Apple is reportedly all set to sign a fresh partnership with a new Chinese carrier, but surprisingly it is not China Mobile. Reports from Asia Tech News Blog, Penn Olson suggest that China Telecom may be the next to offer Apple’s iPhone to its customers in China.

Sina Tech, Chinese news website quotes the sources close to China Telecom that the carrier will soon sell Apple’s iPhone. However, it has not been confirmed when will the sales begin and which products will it be offered to customers.

According to reports, iPhone 4S is coming to China in December as it has successfully cleared the essential testing process from country’s Internet and Telecom regulator. The iPhone handset will be offered to customers through Apple’s existing parent China Unicom and now China Telecom.

According to data provided by China Telecom, it is the third largest carrier with 120.29 million subscribers, which are just a fraction of China Mobile’s 620 million subscribers (still growing at two per second). However, China Telecom is not far from China Mobile’s 45.33 million 3G subscribers with its 31.19 3G subscribers.

It has also been reported by Penn Olson that China Telecom is actively launch a campaign to get users attention by posting a iPhone 4S posters to its retail stores in the country. There are still some in-house sources that claim that these steps don’t confirm whether it will offer new Apple device in future.

The common consensus is still over a point that China Mobile with its larger user-base can still be a vital option to ensure Apple’s dominance in Chinese mobile market which has already became the world’s largest smartphone market overtaking the US for the third quarter.

China Mobile has been waiting to finish off testing its 4G network by June 2012 before it finalizes any official deal with Apple. Remember, both the companies has already been provisionally agreed to work together. The talks between two companies are encountered a halt when China Mobile insisted to share revenues in China.

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