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Apple's iPhone 4S launches on China Telecom, drawing 200K preorders

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The iPhone 4S had a strong debut on another major carrier Friday, as 200,000 preorders were made ahead of Apple's launch on the China Telecom network.

The iPhone 4S is now available for use on China Telecom's network, and is on sale at the carrier's 2,850 retail outlets across China. Ahead of Friday's launch, the carrier took more than 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S, according to MIC Gadget.

Preorders for the iPhone 4S on China Telecom have only been available for a week, as the carrier began taking orders on March 2. Orders from Beijing alone were said to have topped 10,000, while another 20,000 were purchased by customers in Shanghai.

China Telecom officials reportedly said that demand for the iPhone 4S at launch has been greater than they anticipated. A ceremony to commemorate the launch was held on Thursday in Shanghai.

Apple and China Telecom announced in February that the iPhone 4S would be coming to China's third-largest wireless operator on March 9. As of last November, China Telecom had a total of 117 million subscribers, 28 million of which made use of the company's high-speed 3G service.




The carrier is offering the 16-gigabyte iPhone 4S for free to customers who sign a two-year contract with a monthly plan starting at 389RMB ($62 U.S.), which is slightly more than competing carrier China Unicom's 386RMB plan. However, the China Telecom service offers more data and voice minutes, but less text messages, when compared to its rival.

One analysis has projected that the addition of China Telecom as an official Apple partner will add sales of between 3 million and 5 million iPhones. But the nation's largest carrier, China Mobile, does not yet offer Apple's iPhone, though there are more than 15 million unlocked handsets on its network.

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Hope this will nudge China Mobile to reach an agreement with Apple to sell iPhones on their network.
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Hope this will nudge China Mobile to reach an agreement with Apple to sell iPhones on their network.

Doesn't seem likely. China Mobile can afford to wait as long as they want.

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Doesn't seem likely. China Mobile can afford to wait as long as they want.

I'm not sure about that. Complacency about Apple products has not generally been a successful strategy lately.
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I think they can wait.

China Unicom's figures haven't been much more than underwhelming to be honest.
The carrier with the most iPhones by a *long way* is still China Mobile.

...and they don't even sell iPhones.

The grey market here is still the strongest seller of iPhones, even with Unicom's packages.
Unicom is the loser here - China Mobile will take market share back from Unicom.
They have better coverage, they have better infrastructure..

The only reason China Telecom doesn't have an iPhone is probably the 3G one. Apple doesn't want to sell to a provider that only does 2G, and Telecom is mandated into using the not very successful China 3g standard by the government. Till one of those changes, I don't see it happening.
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The only reason China Telecom doesn't have an iPhone is probably the 3G one. Apple doesn't want to sell to a provider that only does 2G, and Telecom is mandated into using the not very successful China 3g standard by the government. Till one of those changes, I don't see it happening.

iPhone started selling on CT last week. CT's 3G is the 3GPP2 standard CDMA2000. It's CM that uses the homegrown TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE for 3G and 4G.

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