China Awards Apple Network License for iPhone 5, Mid-December Launch Expected
China awarded Apple a network access license for the iPhone 5 giving Apple the stamp of approval to sell its latest handset in the country.
The Wall Street Journal discovered the license on a regulatory website Thursday. The approved handset models include the WCDMA and CDMA 2000 versions of the iPhone 5, compatible with China Unicom and China Telecom. However, there still isnít a TD-SCDMA version approved for use on China Mobile, which is the countries largest carrier with close to 700 million subscribers, and by default the largest carrier in the world.
The approved licenses now make the way for an expected mid-December launch in China, but as of now that launch only includes the countryís second and third largest carriers. But, itís tough to complain considering the hundreds of millions of potential new iPhone buyers Apple stands to gain access to. Still, add China Mobile into the mix and that hundreds of millions of potential buyers turns into a billion real quick.