iPhone 5 Is Set To Hit China
Perhaps I need to stand corrected on my prediction of where the iPhone 5 is coming first. I mentioned that the iPhone 5 would release first online with pre-orders, than physically in the United States, and then globally. But there’s news out today that China Telecom, China’s third largest mobile phone provider, is already advertising the iPhone 5.
According to the reports, China Telecom is preparing store employees to start taking pre orders of the iPhone 5 at the end of September. This is right in line with the September 30th date that we expect iPhone 5 pre orders to occur in the United States.
With China taking pre orders for the iPhone 5 at the end of September, and orders opening up mid October, the international timeline is no different than the U.S. timeline for the iPhone 5.
China Telecom, being the third largest telecom provider in China, is already bigger than Verizon Wireless, and expects to sell more than one million iPhone 5′s by the end of 2011. The China telecom giant is also prepared to offer substantial subsidies to customers who desire to own an iPhone 5. All of which is being driven by CT’s estimated $235 million (USD) marketing campaign for the iPhone 5.
Global demand is expected to explode past all previous models of the iPhone. Foxconn, Apple primary manufacturer for the iPhone 5, is already pumping out 150,000 iPhone 5 devices per day – that’s right, per day – in preparation for the massive global demand.