iPhone 4S sale in China may start during Christmas season, China Unicom allowed to sell

By on Dec 13, 2011 in Asia, Smartphone, Technology Comments

Updated: January 5, 2012 3:30 p.m.

Read Apple: iPhone 4S sale in China and in 21 more countries worldwide on January 13

The sale of iPhone 4S in mainland China has been allowed by the Chinese government and China Unicom will be selling the latest Apple iPhone, which may start in mid-December in time for the Christmas season.

As noted at CRIEnglish.com on Monday, December 12, 2011, the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has allowed China Unicom to sell the Apple iPhone 4S.

According to the Chinese news site written in English, China Unicom, the nation’s second-biggest telecom carrier, will be the first to sell the iPhone 4S using WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access).

The MIIT issued the permit (Network access No. is 02-8573-116856) to China Unicom to sell the iPhone 4S on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 and will be valid until December 6, 2014, which is exactly a three-year period.

“I am sure the device will hit the Chinese market before the Spring Festival. We are trying to release it before Jan 1.” Yu Yingtao, general manager of China Unicom‘s sales and marketing department, was quoted at China Daily.

Apple and China Unicom have not yet announced the official date of the iPhone 4S release in China, but reports said it may be in mid-December but not later than Chinese New Year, January 23, 2012.

As of this writing, the price of iPhone 4S in China is not yet known but China Unicom reportedly estimated that the iPhone 4S 16GB version may cost 4,999 yuan (around $785) without contract.

China permit to sell iPhone 4S
Image Credit: China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)

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