China Mobile, the biggest Chinese network, apparently has no idea what so ever about when it will be ready to start selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units. One thing is for sure though, they will not be part of the original release date. Therefore, China Mobile isn’t among the carriers that will welcome customers with open arms on the 19th of September, for the release of the iPhone 6. Also, to make things even worse, Apple has published a list on countries that will benefit from a September 26 release date. The list features 22 new countries, and China was not among them.
Phone Arena reports that, despite pre-orders in China going live months before the actual announcement of the new iPhone, Apple has decided to drop China from the aforementioned list at the last moment. Chinese carriers such as China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom have been taking pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 before the September 9th launch of the device, even managing to reach the “hundreds of thousands” mark.
The problem behind the China issue is the fact that the new iPhone model has not yet been certified by the appropriate authority over there for being sold in the country. The iPhone 6 distribution in China will not be able to commence if the device isn’t approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, but it seems Apple hasn’t been able to convince them yet, says GSM Arena, quoting an unconfirmed report.
As China Mobile has deviated their resources towards selling 4G handsets without a contract, GSM Arena points out that the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will probably get pushed back until sometime during 2015.
Due to the Chinese customer’s preference of large displays, the two iPhone 6 variants are expected to do very well in China when they finally get released. China Mobile alone has 794 million users, and the two variants of the Apple flagship are presumably very requested.