China is well known for its tight control of new technologies entering the market, so Chinese Apple fans were breathing a sigh of relief after hearing yesterday's news.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), an organisation that keeps check on the country's internet and wireless communications, cleared the iPhone 4S, allowing it to make its debut on the Chinese market, TechRadar reveals.
Apple managed to get a Radio Transmission Equipment Type Approval Certificate, valid for three years, which is a vital condition to access the MIIT networks. According to sources, the model tested by the Chinese officials was compatible with GSM, WCDMA, HSDPA / HSUPA, Bluetooth, and WAPI (WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure).
Now, Apple's most wanted handset that has broken sales records all over the world, is ready to make its debut on Apple's largest market after the US. China Unicom is the carrier that is gearing up to offer the handset to its subscribers, starting around Christmas time.
As Sohu, a Chinese news website, reports, the carrier's teams and retail channels are ready though there is no confirmed news about the iPhone 4S' prices; but apparently the 16 GB model will sell for 4,999 yuan without contract.