Penn-Olson reports that China Telecom has begin posting large iPhone 4S promotional banners in its retail stores, teasing a debut for the device without revealing a launch date.
Telecom sources told Sina Tech that the photos circulating online — like the one here — are indeed actual photos of local China Telecom offices, but that the posters were clearly designed just to “get attention” and don’t indicate Telecom was about to start selling the phone yet, though they will sell it eventually.
The iPhone 4S has yet to officially appear for sale in China, even at Apple's existing carrier partner, China Unicom, which ranks as the second largest mobile carrier in the country.
China Mobile, the world's largest carrier, and China Telecom, the country's #3 carrier, have been working hard to land the iPhone for several years. China Telecom had reportedly geared up for a $234 million marketing push for what was then thought to possibly appear as the iPhone 5, but no official announcement from Apple or China Telecom regarding an expansion of iPhone availability in China has yet been made.