Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 06:43 pm
iPhone 5 gets Chinese regulatory approval ahead of launch
By Mikey Campbell
A Chinese regulatory agency on Tuesday revealed that two models of Apple's iPhone 5 have been granted approval to operate on the country's networks, suggesting that the popular smartphone will soon launch in the world's largest wireless market.
The two models, designated A1429 and A1442, were approved by the China State Radio Management agency, meaning that the handset is one steop closer to going on sale in that country, reports Chinese language news site Sina (via Unwired View).
According to Apple's iPhone webpage, the A1429 model is compatible with China Unicom's 3G network and China Mobile's GSM network, while the A1442 can operate on China Telecom's CDMA bands. China Mobile, the world's largest cellular carrier by subscribership, has yet to officially ink a deal with Apple, though talks are said to be moving forward toward an agreement. Some analysts believe an Apple partnership with the telecom could result in a doubling of sales in the country.
A definitive launch date has not yet been announced, however it is believed that Apple will release its newest iPhone by the end of the year. Most recently, Hong Kong Apple Stores began selling the handset one week after the initial launch on Sept. 21. As part of its most aggressive iPhone rollout to date, Apple is expected to make the device available in 100 countries on 240 carriers by December.
Lovely. Millions of new rich in China covets apple products. Because it is a status symbol. They want to sport an expensive smartphone to show that thye've made it. It has become a fashion accessory in China. They would rather spent a little more to get iphone 5 than a Samsung G3, Samsung is known as a copy-cat, cheap imitation in China. BTW, Samsung is not much cheaper than iphones. Home-run again for aaple.