This is really weird. But it seems that someone at China Telecom may have gotten too happy about getting to launch iPhone 5C so early this year, and decided to announce the pre-orders of the device without waiting for the official launch event.
Or this may be some sort of elaborate hoax.
The invitation to pre-order iPhone 5S/5C has been posted on a Weibo, and seems to belong to China Telecom Beijing Service. The account has 1.3 million fans, so it appears to be legit. On the other hand - it is not certified, and that’s a big red flag.
The post which invites to preorder iPhone 5S/5C has a link to the sign-up page with a lot of high quality iPhone 5C pics.
However, the page is a mixture of Chinese and English labels, full of mistakes and doesn’t have a real professional look. What’s worse – the page is not hosted on a main China Telecom website. Instead of sitting on the official “chinatelecom.com.cn”, the page is located on some random “www.bjdxkf10000.com” domain. And that looks real fishy.
On the other hand, a quick WhoIs look-up of that strange domain, shows that it was registered this March to the same China Telecom Corporation Limited Beijing Branch. Again, looks kinda legit.
Another interesting detail from that page – it says that iPhone 5C will come with NFC support.
So what do you make of it? A legit China Telecom iPhone 5C page, or some sort of elaborate hoax?
Pretty hard to figure out, especially if you don’t speak Chinese. Could be a hoax, but to me it looks more like some sort of work in progress, test website for China Telecom, that was never meant to see the light of day, but for some reason did.
Whatever the truth, we can at least enjoy a bunch of new beautiful iPhone 5C pics: