The iPhone 5 is expected to make its debut in China next month, and that’s looking increasingly likely now that the device has received its third and final license from China’s Telecommunications Equipment and Certification Center (TENAA).
The iPhone 5 had already received two certificates from Chinese regulators — in September and October — and the latest is the final piece of the puzzle. Apple can now sell its already hugely popular smartphone in one of the Cupertino company’s largest markets.
Apple has had two different iPhone 5 models approved for China: One of which has the “A1429″ model number and is compatible with China’s WCDMA 3G networks, while the other, model “A1442,” is compatible with CDMA-2000 3G networks.
The former is likely to be offered by China Unicom, which has more than 233 million subscribers; while the latter could be headed to China Telecom, which has more than 155 mobile subscribers. China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier which boasts more than 700 million subscribers, is still yet to offer the iPhone.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s last quarterly earnings call that he expects the iPhone 5 to reach China by September. The company has typically launched its latest products there several months after they make their debut in the United States.