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China Telecom iPhone 6 Ad Suggests Simplified Model Lineup for Different Carrier Technologies

According to a Sina News report (via ZDNet), China Telecom this week briefly announced plans to sell an unlocked version of the iPhone 6 in order to compete with rival carriers. The Sina report sources a Weibo post from China Telecom's Shanghai office that was posted earlier this week and later deleted.

The move suggests Apple is planning to sell a version of the iPhone 6 that will support all wireless networks in the country, including dual 4G (TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE), WCDMA, CDMA2000, GSM, and CDMA1X. This opens up LTE to China Telecom subscribers and makes the country's number three carrier more competitive with its bigger rivals China Unicom and China Mobile.

Apple currently sells three different models each of the iPhone 5s and 5c in China in order to accommodate the different technologies used by the country's carriers. But with updated modem and antenna technology for the iPhone 6, Apple may be able to streamline its model lineup to more efficiently support the various carrier technologies.

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As part of its advertisement, China Telecom used an iPhone 6 rendering from a Behance gallery posted early last month by Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino. The renderings have been fairly popular around the web, including in our own stories, but differ from most recent leaks in some aspects such as omitting a protruding camera ring and showing rear shells featuring different colors at top and bottom.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a press event to be held in early September. The handset may include larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display options, a faster A8 processor, an improved iSight camera and a new Touch ID sensor. Sales of the 4.7-inch version are expected to begin at the end of September, with the 5.5-inch model launching either alongside or up to several months later than the smaller model.

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4 weeks ago
Really hope these are the actual phones. Flush camera and black lines on the black phone.
Rating: 10 Votes
4 weeks ago
They look beautiful. WOW!
Rating: 8 Votes
4 weeks ago

Is it a design choice that the plastic antenna covers don't match in color? Bugs me it's 2014 and they choose not to color match the plastic with the aluminum. Felt the same way with the 2007 iPhone black plastic. :(


Yeah no... You can't really match the textured look of anodised aluminium with plastic. What they're doing is the best way to go and is stylish, matching the colours would make it look tacky.
Rating: 6 Votes
4 weeks ago

They look beautiful. WOW!


Really? They're fake renderings anyway.
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
Antenna breaks are so much thinner! The thick bands always bothered me in the previous "leaked" photos. This seems more Apple.

EDIT: never mind, they're meaningless renderings.
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
Those renders actually look good. I'd be pleased if the iPhone 6 looks like that!
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago

how many more times do i have to say this?

5.5-incher does not exist :mad:


lol
Rating: 4 Votes
4 weeks ago

Yeah no... You can't really match the textured look of anodised aluminium with plastic. What they're doing is the best way to go and is stylish, matching the colours would make it look tacky.


Matching colours wouldn't necessarily work out great, but the white bands we've seen look terrible. It creates a gaudy contrast between the aluminum center piece and the bands surrounding it. Black bands would look better on the silver model than white. It's a shame that these renders aren't representative of the phone. The design looks so much better without the island of aluminum. Hopefully the plastic we've seen on the backs so far as been a place holder, and a more tasteful material/colour is in its place on the shipping product.
Rating: 4 Votes
4 weeks ago
As part of its advertisement, China Telecom used an iPhone 6 rendering from a Behance gallery posted early last month by Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino. The renderings have been fairly popular around the web, including in our own stories, but differ from most recent leaks in some aspects such as omitting a protruding camera ring and showing rear shells featuring different colors at top and bottom.

OMFG!
The amount of people on these forums that don't read the posts is too damn high!!

Seriously.. Do some of you people think this is Playboy? Just browsing the photos not reading a word of the articles??
Rating: 4 Votes
4 weeks ago

I don't see the protruding camera ring. It makes me question the legitimacy of the story.


I think you actually need to read the story to be qualified to judge the legitimacy of it.

It boggles the mind to see how many people completely disregarded that the picture in the article is a third-party concept/rendering.
Rating: 3 Votes

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