Report: China Telecom, Unicom to begin selling iPhone 5S/5C on Sep. 20

If the Chinese media report (comes from local site Sina Tech - translation)  pans out, it means China Telecom (CHA +0.4%) and China Unicom (CHU -0.3%) will start selling Apple's (AAPL -0.8%) newest iPhones the same day they're expected to launch in the U.S. and several other big international markets.

Last year, Telecom and Unicom didn't begin selling the iPhone 5 until Dec. 14, more than 2 months after the device went on sale in dozens of other markets.

Sina Tech also reports China Mobile (CHL +0.7%) won't be able to sell the 5S until November (assuming a deal is announced), due to the need for regulatory approval of an iPhone supporting CHL's TD-LTE 4G network.

The 5S is said to come in 4 colors, and the plastic-shell 5C in 5 colors. Other reports suggest the 5S' colors will be white, black, gold, and graphite, and the 5C's colors white, red, green, blue, and yellow.

An iPhone event will take place in Beijing shortly after Apple's main Sep. 10 event.

Earlier: DoCoMo to reportedly offer iPhone soon

Comments (11)
  • Jack Baker
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    Huge. This is going to make q1 2015 a complete earnings blowout.
    5 Sep 2013, 04:03 PM Reply Like
  • what do I know
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    Jack Baker: do you not mean fiscal year 2104?
    5 Sep 2013, 04:34 PM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    Yes, I mean q1 2014
    7 Sep 2013, 06:03 PM Reply Like
  • Matt-Man
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    I suppose market already know all above as stock price does not have any reaction.


    These should boost Apple market share
    5 Sep 2013, 04:04 PM Reply Like
  • synchrogeddon
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    market knows nothing, it would be funny to watch everyone start praising Apple stock when earnings will surge but it will be too late for them
    5 Sep 2013, 04:09 PM Reply Like
  • grange402
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    This is good news for all who are long Apple.
    5 Sep 2013, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • what do I know
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    Do we still have a date for China Mobil and Apple deal?
    5 Sep 2013, 04:36 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    Stock price should trade down on good news.....sorry for the sarcasm...owning aapl stock is like getting rear ended by a driver with no insurance....
    5 Sep 2013, 06:38 PM Reply Like
  • arnebey
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    I call Apple the "Scarlet Letter" stock. Can there be redemption after the fall from grace? Can Apple recover from the loss of Steve Jobs...who by the way never visited China? I like the post above, "the market knows nothing". Obviously, the market and Apple in particular is prone to huge price distortions (both upside and downside). Pro's such as Einhorn and Ichan are hugely successful because they see what few others see. They know what to do and then they do it. They put their money where their mouth is. Apple is the proverbial "elephant in the room". It's hard to believe anyone would believe the most valuable company in the world; a company with a hoard of $135B net cash, enormous momentum and world-class, innovative brain power will not succeed. Market share is NOT the issue...profits and growth are the issue. I think the Apple/Mercedes Benz/BMW comparison is valid. Do you see Mercedes market share compared to Ford or GM? I'm glad and proud to say I purchased my AAPL position at $400 and I'm comfortable that AAPL will reach $700 between now and 2015.
    6 Sep 2013, 03:37 AM Reply Like
  • JG2000
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    The regulatory delay in approving iphone for CHL TD-LTE further reinforces my belief that a China Mobile deal will not be announced on the 11th. I do think a deal is coming later this year or's just that expectations are overblown for an announcement along with the 5C launch. It's my speculation that CHL will try to squeeze Apple for the best deal right up until they hit a future launch target. In the long run this shouldn't matter much but it could have an impact on AAPL performance post-announce.
    6 Sep 2013, 05:50 AM Reply Like
  • Skippy09
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    What you do not acknowledge is that China Mobile is losing market share because they do not yet offer the iPhone. China Mobile needs Apple more than Apple needs China Mobile.
    9 Sep 2013, 09:53 PM Reply Like
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