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iPhone 4S Launches on China Telecom with 200,000 Pre-Orders

In line with its previous announcement, China Telecom today launched the iPhone 4S, becoming the second carrier in the country to officially offer the iPhone for sale. With its 129 million mobile subscribers, China Telecom is a major new addition for Apple and the largest carrier to offer the iPhone on a CDMA network.


M.I.C. gadget has a roundup of the launch events, with China Telecom having announced a greater-than-expected 200,000 pre-orders for the device.
China Telecom is actually playing Verizon’s iPhone role in China. As far as we know, China Telecom now has close to 130 million subscribers, and the carrier also boasts about having the largest CDMA network in the world by installed base. With over 200,000 pre-orders placed for the iPhone 4S, China Telecom is likely to emerge the victor in a looming iPhone war with China Unicom by offering both better prices and service.
As a CDMA device, the iPhone 4S on China Telecom possesses some of the same limitations seen with the device running on Verizon, including somewhat slower maximum data rates on 3G compared to GSM networks and a lack of support for simultaneous voice and data. China Telecom's iPhone 4S, which ships with iOS 5.1 pre-installed, also requires the use of a micro UIM card. The card is analogous to the micro-SIM card used on GSM devices, although many other CDMA carriers such as Verizon do not use such removable cards and instead rely on subscriber information being stored directly on the device.


China Telecom offers a variety of monthly plans for the iPhone 4S, with the 16 GB model being offered for free on plans as low as 389 yuan ($62) per month for a two-year contract or 289 yuan ($46) per month for a three-year contract.

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33 months ago
China=Jackpot.
Rating: 9 Votes
33 months ago
lol confetti. Awesome.
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago

The sentence in bold is totally uncalled for.


Lighten up. In a tolerant society you can make jokes like this without being called a racist (this is not even close for the definition of a racist). That's one of the basics of a democracy. The same goes for jokes about any Gods or religion without being beheaded.
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago

Unfortunately most people there can't afford an iPhone.


China is expected to have 600 million people in the middle class by 2015. The current number is somewhere between 150 and 250 million, or maybe even more. There's more than enough people who can afford an iPhone.
Rating: 8 Votes
33 months ago
**** just got serious.
Rating: 6 Votes
33 months ago

The photo of the three men is weird

- left: look at this photo of my dog on facebook, isn't it delicious?
- Middle: What the hell did i smoke during lunchbreak
- right: It's raining monaaaaaay


The sentence in bold is totally uncalled for.
Rating: 6 Votes
33 months ago
Who needs champagne when you have confetti! :D
Rating: 6 Votes
33 months ago

Looks as if Apple is removing the numbers from the product name. This is a smart move to fit in with the rest of their product line.


Apple never included product number on the product itself.
Rating: 5 Votes
33 months ago

People don't make xenophobic jokes in a tolerant society. It's the opposite of tolerance.


So you can't tolerate it? I see.
Rating: 4 Votes
33 months ago

You'd be incorrect.

GDP per capita is like $8500.
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ch.html

an iPhone cost how much?

Most people in China are either:

poor living and working on a farm
poor working in a factory

though things are changing.

Maybe the previous poster didn't state it right, but I think the implication is that there are so many people in China that if even a small fraction can afford an iPhone that's still a lot of people.
Rating: 3 Votes

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