Apple Given Go-Ahead to Sell 3G iPad 2 in China


Image courtesy of iLounge on Flickr
Image courtesy of iLounge on Flickr

Apple has finally been granted certification to sell its 3G iPad 2 in mainland China, according to The Wall Street Journal. Up until now, the Cupertino company has only been able to offer its Wi-Fi only tablet, but it now has the ‘network access license’ needed to sell the 3G-capable device.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

According to China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, a device by Apple with third-generation high-speed wireless data capabilities was issued the network access license needed for the company to begin official sales in China. The device, listed under model number “A1396,” is compatible with the 3G standard WCDMA, and would work with the cellular network operated by Apple’s local iPhone partner, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd.

MacRumors notes that the ‘A1396’ model number is that of the 3G iPad 2 released in the U.S. back in March. The device hit Apple’s official online store in China yesterday for the first time (before it was later removed again), and showed shipping times of 2 to 3 weeks.

We’d expect then to reappear imminently now that Apple has the necessary license.

[via MacRumors]


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