When Apple launched Verizon iPhone 4, there may have been some who would have predicted Apple taking its CDMA variant of the stainless steel phone to countries other than USA and these folks prediction could very well be on the verge of coming true. Analyst Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities has revealed a rather surprising development – Changsha branch of China Telecom has started accepting online pre-orders for the CDMA iPhone 4 at the starting price of RMB 5,800 which is roughly around $880.
There is an interesting twist to the story – a Chinese language NetEase article has put forward the claim of China Telecom and Apple finalizing the deal and deciding the nitty gritty details for the launch of the non GSM iPhone. The analyst himself is puzzled at China Telecom taking pre-orders for the phone when a formal announcement is still awaited by the interested audience:
it is unclear how pre-orders are available before an official announcement has been made by the two companies; however, the key takeaway is that the relationship between Apple and China Telecom is clearly moving in the right direction, and we believe that a deal will eventually be announced this year.
So what do we deduce from all of this? Well, it seems that Apple is on the verge of landing its CDMA iPhone in China. Will it work for the Cupertinos? I am not sure. What about you?