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The Chinese government has approved an iPhone that appears to be built for China Telecom's (CHA)...

The Chinese government has approved an iPhone that appears to be built for China Telecom's (CHA) EV-DO 3G network. Thus far, Apple (AAPL) has only been able to officially sell the iPhone in the Middle Kingdom through China Unicom (CHU), though the 4S' inclusion of an EV-DO modem has led to widespread speculation (I, II) that China Telecom would be added as a partner.
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  • Hopefully soon we'll hear that Siri has been enabled to recognize Mandarin/Cantonese effectively. No easy feat and would be huge news on top of the potential CHA deal. This would represent one of the most exciting developments in the history of mobile communications IMO.
    9 Jan 2012, 12:34 PM Reply Like
  • China Telecom is China's third-largest wireless carrier. This deal would put a decent increase in iPhone 4S sales that haven't even happened yet. What this deal is really going to do is provide other areas of China with the ability to use an iPhone, increase iPhone presence and now with new competition it gets rid of the monopoly effect and will benefit the consumer in pricing.

     

    Remember, cheaper pricing doesn't hurt Apple profits because the Carriers pay Apple for the iPhones, not the consumer.

     

    By the way, China Telecom has "117 million mobile subscribers, of which 28.43 million were 3G subscribers."

     

    Source - http://bit.ly/z7nPS5 (#2 tab)
    9 Jan 2012, 02:33 PM Reply Like
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