Apple iPhone 5 to launch in China at year-end?

Apple iPhone 5 to launch in China at year-end?
After launching in the U.S. on September 21st, the Apple iPhone 5 is finally closing in on a launch in China according to the Wall Street Journal. The news has to be some sort of balm for Apple investors who have seen the stock drop over 20% from its September 21st peak. After all, China is the most populated country in the world and some of them will be buying the phone. According to the paper, the Apple iPhone 5 will be available via China Telecom, a state-owned carrier which has already offered the iPhone and even tried American-styled subsidies.

China's State Radio Management, apparently similar to the FCC in the U.S., has approved the latest version of Apple's iconic smartphone for use on the wireless pipelines in China, and there is just one more regulatory issue that needs to be signed off before China becomes the next country to experience the larger 4 inch screen on the Apple iPhone 5. The actual launch will take place later this month or early next month.

Of the three major carriers in the country, China Telecom is the smallest. The world's largest carrier, China Mobile, has a proprietary 3G network which has prevented the carrier from selling the iPhone, although there have been various rumors over the the last few years about adding the phone to the mobile operator's lineup. The last time the issue was brought up was in May when there was speculation that Apple and China Mobile were in talks to offer the phone to the carrier's large number of customers, but even back then it appeared that nothing would be announced before the end of this year. Since the Apple iPhone is not compatible with China Mobile's 3G signal, the carrier hopes that when it starts rolling out 4G that it will be able to offer the device.

source: WSJ via BGR

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1. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

China should ban it immediately citing claims the USA wants to spy on China, and then let's see how the USA likes it when it happens to them...

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

China has GooPhone i5. :)

3. wendygarett unregistered

China here I come :)

6. Droiddoes unregistered

O....k? So you would trade freedom and basic human rights for a shiny, overrated, underwhelming, glitchy mess of a phone? This right here. This is why you get ridiculed.

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

shes just playing bro.......learn to over look her or you will continue to get frustrated at her comments, trust me i

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You couldn't have said it better man +1

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine isn't glitchy at all. Neither is my one x for that matter

4. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

when will the 4th most populated country get the latest iGadgets seriously

10. farhanmohdyousaf

Posts: 16; Member since: May 21, 2012


11. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

indonesia is the 4th most populated country. samsung and HTC launche their phones really quickly here but i don't know why apple launches their products really slow here. singapore is only 1.5 hours away by flight and they have the first batch of everytime iGadget launched

17. Nicholas.Oliver

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

indonesia ? lol i live there too, it's because indonesians love blackberry ! blackberry is selling like a hot cake here, that's why im always bashing bb :)

21. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

well yeah, but it is funny how indonesians glorify iPhone, when many of them have $600 BB 9900, only around $100 difference with iPhone

5. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I hope the Chinese guys over there are smart enough not to buy one


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Why would people in China buy this if they can go out to the nearest corner and buy a $5 knock-off, along with some Lo Mein.

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

hahahaha.... you know it!

12. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

well, most chinese has that sense of proud whenever they are using apple products because apple is considered expensive in countries where people buy their phones w/o contract

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Good. Maybe finally those f**king resellers will stop trying to come in and buy up our inventory of 5s just so they can resell them back in China.


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

The battle for market-share from Android in China continues...

15. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Then the Chinese will realize how restricted iOS is

16. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Why do they have to buy a phone with restrictive os while living in a restrictive freedom? Definitely it will make their lives more miserable. I hope Chinese people will realize it before buying expensive Iphone.

20. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It is available in India and i laugh everytime is see TV promos showing of "Panorama" feature ... crap don't they have anything elwse to show off as a feature :D

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