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iPhone in China: Ready for Release by End Of Year

Updated on December 11, 2012
The Apple product heads to a new market.
The Apple product heads to a new market. | Source

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.


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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Michelle! Thanks for the share on FB and for the great comment here. Glad to share the news!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I can't do without my IPhone these days!! Thanks for sharing,'s made such an impact!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Happy to share Vellur and glad you enjoyed the read.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great information on iphone. Thanks for sharing.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you everyone for the great comments and glad to see the enthusiasm for the new product! For readers who do not wish to upgrade, of course your current phone can still do the trick and you need not feel pressure to upgrade. I like keeping up with tech trends and am glad to share information here!

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      Riste Kocev 5 years ago from New York


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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi ChristyWrites,

      I heard the news first from here but i think China present a very potential market for iPhones, the population is very capable. Voted up and useful.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I am thinking the traffic uptick will be large! Great hub Christy!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is news to me. I am just getting used to my current iPhone and not sure I can handle a new version. Thanks for the news and information.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have a smart phone what is the difference between the two? I really like my phone it does everything I need it to do..

      thanks for all the information..


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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      As an ebay entrepreneur, Christy, I read this article with great interest because one of my goals for next year, as mentioned in a recent hub, was to engage in trade with China. Even if I'm on the back of the bus, so to speak, and late for the opening kickoff, the residual effect of these iPhone 5's selling like hot cakes in China is nothing short of colossal in terms of how it will increase trade between countries.

      Even in brevity, you shine like the golden writer that you are! Thanks for sharing yet another superb hub!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Interesting news, christy

      While the US waits for iPhone 5S, let Asia enjoy iPhone 5 ;)

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      mrpip 5 years ago

      I work in the cellular business and to date, we haven't seen the uptake of wireless data anywhere else in the world like we've experienced here in the US, mainly due to the popularity of the smartphones. Although China's data usage has been increasing, nowehere near the percentage climns we've seen here. We hoped with the initial introduction of the iPhone's in China, we would see these circumstances change, but we really didn't. Hopefully, the iphone5 will accelerate the use of cellular wireless data usage, but we'll again have to wait and see.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This was news to me also Christy. How you stay on top of all this techno stuff is amazing to me? Great job as always.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Janine for all of your encouragement and support here! I appreciate you!

      Hi Flash, yes it would be a great ripple effect!

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      That great news and I hope it does increase website traffic.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Christy I had no idea the iPhone was being released in china and this was news to be. Very interesting read and thanks for sharing. I have vote up and tweeted, too!!