China Telecom to start shipping iPhone 5 later this month or early next month

China Telecom to start shipping iPhone 5 later this month or early next month In a recent disclosure marking the imminent arrival of Apple's iPhone 5 in the Chinese markets, Wang Xiaochu - Chairman of the country's third-ranking wireless carrier China Telecom - said that the smartphone will soon be available for Chinese customers.

Revealing that the availability of the iPhone 5 in China is in the offing, Xiaochu said that the shipments of the handsets to the customers will commence either towards the end of November or the beginning of December.

Meanwhile, according to the information shared by unidentified sources about the forthcoming availability of iPhone 5 in China, China Telecom's closest rival, China Unicom, will also start selling the handset at some point of time later this year. In fact, the sources revealed that both China Telecom and China Unicom will begin the sales of the handsets at almost the same time.

Though the earlier iPhone models in China have also been offered by both China Telecom and China Unicom, the biggest Chinese wireless carrier, China Mobile, has always been asserting that it will not support iPhone 5.

However, that situation is apparently set to change in the coming months; with RBC Capital Markets' analyst Amit Daryanani revealing that Apple is likely to work out an agreement with China Mobile by early next year; probably within weeks of the iPhone 5 debut with China Telecom and China Unicom.

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