China continues to represent one of the biggest growth catalysts for Apple
Currently, China Unicom
A two-year service contract will get you a free 16 GB model, while signing away your soul for three long years will land you a 32 GB one. The low monthly service fee of just $45 may sound downright cheap compared with our stateside counterparts, but keep in mind that China's GDP per capita is roughly one-sixth of ours.
Well, we're now one step closer to Apple's domination of China, as an iPhone destined for China Telecom
It's still not obvious which specific iPhone model was approved, be it the newest iPhone 4S or an older model. China Telecom spokesman Xu Fei said discussions with Apple are still under way, and the carrier is hoping to begin selling an iPhone model this year, although "there's no timetable at the moment."
China Unicom and China Telecom are the second and third largest wireless carriers within the country, with approximately 196 million and 123 million mobile subscribers, respectively. Their combined 319 million subscribers still pales in comparison with China Mobile's
With the iPhone now available on the three largest domestic carriers, it's only a matter of time before China's three largest carriers see the same.
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