updated 08:35 pm EST, Mon February 20, 2012
iPhone 4S gets second Chinese carrier
China Telecom on Tuesday local time confirmed its plans to carry the iPhone 4S. The phone will be available on March 9 with preorders beginning a week earlier, on March 2. Prices will start out at free on a contract for the 16GB iPhone 4S.
Both official resellers and China Telecom's website will carry the device.
The addition tackles one of the few remaining major countries with just one iPhone carrier and may be one of the biggest carrier additions outside of the US in recent memory. Although iPhone sales have grown rapidly in China, it was ceding ground to Android as companies like Huawei, Lenovo, and ZTE could sell to China Telecom and China Mobile. As the second-largest carrier in China, it has access to tens of millions of cellphone users.
The expansion was partly held back by the need for a CDMA version of the iPhone, which wasn't even an option until 2011. [via The Loop]