Late last month, we reported that Apple and China had been negotiating an iPhone deal. The deal would allow Apple to offer the iPhone on the largest mobile carrier in the world. Rumors had suggested that the iPhone would be made available on China Mobile on March 9th. Turns out, those rumors turned out to be true.
Today, China Telecom launched the iPhone 4S, which makes them the second carrier in the country to officially offer the iPhone for sale. With its 129 million mobile subscribers, this is a huge opportunity for Apple and this makes the carrier the largest carrier to offer the iPhone on a CDMA network.
M.I.C. Gadget has a nice overview of the launch events, and reports that China Telecom had announced a greater-than-expected 200,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4S. Preorders for the iPhone 4S on China Telecom had only been available for a week, as the carrier began taking order on March 2nd.
The carrier offers many monthly plans for the iPhone 4S. The 16GB model is offered for free on plans as low as 389 yan ($62) per month for a two-year contract or 289 yuan ($46 per month for a three-year contract.
So wait, who’s “winning” again?