China Telecom has announced that they will start carrying Apple’s iPhone 4S next month. All models of the iPhone will be available on a selection of the company’s plans. Chinese customers who want an iPhone can pre-order one beginning March 2. The phone will be available for purchase on March 9.
Of the three major Chinese mobile carriers, China Telecom is the second to get the iPhone. China Unicom has had the device for some time. The third carrier, China Mobile, does not currently have the technology to offer the iPhone on its network.
The deal will no doubt be a big boost to Apple in China, where the iPhone has struggled to gain a foothold. A recent report showed that the iPhone’s market share in China had slipped to fourth place behind Samsung, Nokia, Huawei Technologies, and ZTE Corporation. Apple’s struggles in the huge Chinese mobile market have been attributed in part to the fact that only one of China’s three main carriers carry the iPhone.