The iPhone 5 is already available in lots of countries, but it has yet to be released in China, the world’s largest mobile market. However, Apple plans to launch its new smartphone there in December.
One of the conditions for a launch to actually happen is an approval from China’s State Radio Management. Well, two iPhone 5 models have been approved yesterday – A1429, and A1442. The A1429 is compatible with China Unicom’s 3G network and China Mobile’s 2G network, while the A1442 supports China Telecom’s CDMA network.
Back in September, the iPhone 5 received a China Compulsory Certificate approval – which is also needed for any phone to be sold in the country.
China Telecom and China Unicom are already offering older iPhone models on contract, so it’s pretty obvious that they’ll get the iPhone 5, too. It remains to be seen exactly when it will happen.