China Daily reports that China Telecom, the third largest carrier in China behind China Mobile and China Unicom, may begin carrying the iPhone 4S as early as February.
The move would ramp up the pressure on the company’s domestic rivals in the fight to win more subscribers to the third-generation (3G) network service.
In a news release on Monday, Beijing Telecom Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China Telecom, said the CDMA-version iPhone 4S is likely to hit the domestic market by the end of February, or at the beginning of March. However, no pricing details were disclosed.
“China Telecom has already started preparatory work for the launch of the iPhone 4S,” according to the press release.
Experts pointed out that it is possible for China Telecom to present the iPhone 4S as soon as possible, since the device, built for the company’s CDMA2000 network, has already obtained all three required operating licenses.