While many of you are already enjoying the iPhone 4S in the US and Europe, consumers in China can only enjoy Apple’s latest device on one network, that being China Unicom. Now though we have just had confirmation that the iPhone 4S will become available on another network in China, which will make the device much more accessible and obviously increase Apple’s chance of cracking the Chinese market.
That network is China Telecom, a carrier that makes up about 12 percent of China’s total wireless subscriber base. China Mobile is obviously the biggest and is in actual fact the world’s largest mobile provider, but this will be seen as a huge coup for China Telecom, given the huge, almost bizarre interest in Apple’s latest iPhone.
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According to a press release from China Telecom, the iPhone 4S could be available on their network in a matter of months, possibly even at the end of next month, but definitely in March if that doesn’t happen. ‘Preparatory work’ has already been finalized as noted by Apple Insider, but there are no solid release date details at the moment, and no indication on how much Chinese consumers will have to pay.
Apple has yet to confirm the news in an official statement of their own, and it will be interesting to see how China Telecom plan to handle enthusiast crowds this time around. Earlier this month news spread around the world about violence breaking out for the China Unicom iPhone 4S launch in Beijing, an event which even forced Apple to postpone sales in the capital and Shanghai until further notice.
It was a similar situation in Hong Kong too as crazy shoppers could not wait to get their hands on the new device at the first opportunity, with many even willing to queue for numerous days just to get one on launch day. We’ve seen at first hand that even when consumers in China finally purchase an iPhone 4S model, they go on to sell it anyway to other retailers – a very popular hobby which can earn an individual almost a hundred dollars per unit.
Have you ever bought an iPhone, only to resell it for a higher profit straight away?