China Telecom Finalizes iPhone 5 Talks With Apple Ahead Of December Launch [Report]

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The iPhone 4S launched on China Telecom back in March.
The iPhone 4S launched on China Telecom back in March.

China Telecom has reportedly finalized its talks with Apple over the iPhone 5 ahead of the smartphone’s debut in China in December. The carrier told reporters that its support for the iPhone 5 is now a “foregone conclusion,” while sources claim it will get the device at the same time as, or possibly even before than, China Unicom.

iPhone 5 Gets Regulatory Approval On Its Way To China

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In December, Apple will launch the iPhone 5 in December, the world’s largest mobile market. Before it can do that, however, the handset needs regulatory approval. Two devices have just been given the go-ahead by China’s State Radio Management, one of which is destined for China Unicom and China Mobile, which the other is headed to China Telecom.

Tim Cook Visits Beijing To Meet Chinese Officials, Pose With Fans

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Apple CEO Tim Cook poses with fan at the company's Xidan Joy City store in Beijing.
Apple CEO Tim Cook poses with fan at the company's Xidan Joy City store in Beijing.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Beijing today, meeting Chinese officials as the Cupertino company eyes up further growth in China. It’s his first trip to the country since he took over from Steve Jobs as CEO, and he got himself noticed with a visit Apple’s Beijing store where he stopped to pose for photographs with fans.

China Telecom Begins Selling iPhone 4S After Receiving 200,000 Pre-Orders

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The iPhone 4S launched on China Telecom back in March.
The iPhone 4S launched on China Telecom back in March.

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.

China Telecom Will Get The iPhone 4S On March 9

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China Telecom and Apple have officially confirmed that the carrier will get the iPhone 4S on March 9th. China Telecom’s 130 million subscribers will have access to Apple’s latest handset for $0 RMB with select carrier contracts. The device will be sold in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors.

China Telecom Confirms It Will Offer iPhone 4S From Late Feb

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Having obtained the licenses necessary to launch its new iPhone 4S on the China Telecom network earlier this month, it was only a matter of time before Apple’s deal with a second Chinese carrier came to fruition. China Telecom subsidiary Beijing Telecom has now issued a press release confirming that it will launch the iPhone 4S from as early as the end of February.

SWAT Teams Break Up iPhone 4S Launch Chaos In Beijing

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The iPhone 4S is set to finally launch in China tomorrow, but that hasn’t stopped the locals from lining up early to secure access to the coveted handset. The line for Apple’s flagship store in Beijing has gotten so out of control that Apple may have to cancel the launch there altogether.

Reports are coming in that Beijing SWAT teams have already been called in to handle thousands of angry scalpers and potential customers. There have reportedly been fights in the streets between gangs of professional scalpers that buy Apple devices in bulk to then resell at a higher price.