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Apple iPhone 5 cleared for release on China Telecom

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Apple iPhone 5 cleared for release on China Telecom
We have been seeing the numbers and as of just two weeks ago, Android held 90% of the smartphone market share in China. This news may not change that number too much, given the proliferation of inexpensive non-Google Android devices in the country, but it certainly can't hurt that Apple's iPhone 5 has now been cleared for release on China Telecom.

Apple had been waiting on a “network access license”, which has just been granted. This means that Apple's iPhone 5 is now allowed to be released for China's third-largest mobile carrier, China Telecom. So far, Apple has not been able to get access licenses for China's top two carriers: China Mobile (#1) and China Unicom (#2), and it doesn't look like Apple will get the license for China Unicom before launching the iPhone 5. 

Analysts believe that not having the iPhone 5 on the larger carriers could mean that Android will widen its market share lead in China. 

source: WSJ

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posted on 29 Nov 2012, 20:50

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

China here I come :)

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 21:05

2. Ericzhf (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)

It's too late

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 22:10 2

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Will people in China be able to afford the phone - I keep hearing how it is more expensive in other countries than in other states.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 00:42

4. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

Thank god there's still China left, otherwise iPhone is running out of new customers.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 07:26

5. sponmagnet (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)

Its all about free apps, Googles play store has more free apps than itunes, while i tunes prices most apps for 0.99$.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 12:12

6. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Doesn't it hurt their bloated ego to get access only to #3?

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