iPhone in China: Ready for Release by End Of Year
Stores in China will soon fill with the iPhone 5. China Telecom and Apple CEO Tim Cook both confirm a December release for the device in Greater China, according to a recent TechCrunch post.
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Release of the iPhone 5 in China
The iPhone 5 has approval in the final policy stages necessary for its release in China. The device now has a network access license, the last stage to jump through before hitting the new market. The plan is for the phone to sell under China Telecom Corporation. "Generally, devices go on sale in China within a few weeks of receiving this final regulatory approval," writes Darrell Etherington in the TechCrunch post.
China's mobile market is growing at an extremely fast rate. Sale of the iPhone 5 in China makes sense to spread the brand and increase Apple product usage. Hurtles that Apple has overcome in licensing to launch the device in the new territory reflects the complexity of licensing requirements known to many IT professionals.
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Effects of iPhone Release on SMBs
If several customers buy the new iPhone after December release, businesses, regardless of size, are likely to experience an increase in mobile traffic to their Websites. Numbers of users worldwide that access Websites through mobile devices grow on a daily basis.
To prepare for the increase in mobile traffic, IT professionals at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can create mobile-friendly Websites, if not already done. A mobile-friendly site is easy for iPhone users to toggle through and to get to that electronic shopping cart quickly. Users may leave a Website that does not load quickly and head to a competitor instead.
An alternative to creating a separate mobile site is to convert the primary Website instead. That option may be more affordable and less time-consuming for SMBs.
In addition to mobile Website creation or conversion, SMBs can begin to subnet or reduce routing table size within networks to enhance routing efficiency. By reorganizing in-house networks into subnets, data can flow efficiently to provide high-quality Website experiences for the new users.
The iPhone in China is set to release this month. China Unicom has not released a statement about when the device will hit its network.