China Telecom has become the second Chinese carrier to offer the iPhone 4S today, ending the exclusivity enjoyed by China Unicom for the last 18 months. The company announced back in February that it would begin selling Apple’s popular smartphone from March 9, and it has taken over 200,000 pre-orders in just the last week.
You can get the iPhone 4S on China Telecom either by visiting Apple’s online store, China Telecom’s website, or by visiting over of its 2,850 retail outlets. But you’ll have to be quick because they’re selling like hot cakes. Over 200,000 units have been ordered since March 2, which is a far greater number than the carrier was expecting.
The device can be obtained for free on selected contracts, and all three models — including the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB devices — are available.
China Telecom accounts for just 12% of China’s wireless subscriber base, with around 130 million subscribers. The country’s biggest network, China Mobile, which boasts a whopping 655 million subscribers, is yet to secure a deal with Apple for the iPhone. However, over 15 million people use the iPhone on the China Mobile network.
[via The Next Web]