China Telecom, China’s third largest mobile operator, has reportedly begun preparations for the launch of the iPhone 5.
According to local tabloid the Southern Metropolis Daily, the network is currently training staff to start taking preorders for the as-yet-unannounced handset by the end of September and at least one store branch has already advertised the device on an LED screen.
An unnamed source revealed that China Telecom will spend 1.5 billion yuan to market iPhone 5 under an appropriately named “Dragon Plan”. Earlier this year, it toppled US carrier Verizon Wireless to become the world’s largest CDMA network with 108 million customers, of which between 13 and 15 million are high-end smartphones users.
DigiTimes recently reported that iPhone 5 has entered production, with China-based Foxconn purportedly churning out 150,000 units a day. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, Apple is expected to hand over a ‘golden master’ build of iOS 5 to assemblers in the week starting September 23rd, fuelling rumours the phone will finally land next month.
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