Apple iPhone 5 cleared for release on China Telecom

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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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. wendygarett unregistered

China here I come :)

2. Ericzhf

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

It's too late

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

4. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

5. sponmagnet

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

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

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

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