While Apple is still yet to announce its highly-anticipated iPhone 5, that hasn’t stopped a number of carriers from advertising the device and taking pre-orders. China Telecom is the latest to begin preparations for Apple’s fifth-generation device, reportedly taking orders from the end of this month.
According to a report from Southern Metropolis Daily, China Telecom — China’s third-largest carrier — has already begun advertising the elusive iPhone 5, and will begin accepting orders at the end of September. Sources say those pre-orders will begin shipping in October.
China Telecom is now the second carrier (that we’ve heard of) that will begin taking orders for the iPhone 5 early. Last week it became apparent that T-Mobile in Germany has already begun issuing future iPhone 5 customers with tickets that will enable them to redeem the device as soon as it launches.
China Telecom is the largest CDMA carrier in the world, and is predicted to sell more than one million iPhone 5s by the end of 2011, according to The Next Web. Its chairman, Wang Xiaochu, has suggested that the carrier will even increase subsidies to make the iPhone 5 even more appealing on the China Telecom network.
Of course, by the time China Telecom begins taking pre-orders at the end of this month, we’d hope that the iPhone 5 will have been at least announced by Apple. Please, Apple?
As always, if your carrier begins taking pre-order, let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @killianbell.
[via The Next Web]