China Telecom will start marketing theiPhone 4S starting March 9, ending China Unicom's three-year run likethe device's sole seller in China. The big country's third largestcarrier will begin bringing preorders for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GBmodels starting March 2, on sales to commence a week after, thecompany said in a statement. Pricing will begin as low as free for16GB model on a contract. China Telecom had lastly declared it wouldearlier start selling the smartphone but afforded just a vaguetimetable.

The phone is presently available inChina just via China Unicom, which has a three-year agreement toproffer the device there, starting on the iPhone 3G in 2009. Still,Apple has for months been bruited to be working with deals with ChinaTelecom and China Mobile--the latter being the world's largestwireless carrier with about 650 million subscribers.

China Telecom created by close to 12percent of China's complete wireless ratifier immoral, whichTiconderoga Securities analyst Brian White nailed at 896.2 million ina inquiry note previous month. Of that, 73.8 million are 3Gsubscribers, on China Telecom accounting for a much more as comparedto a quarter of that total. Apple started selling the iPhone 4S inChina last month, drawing massive crowds there and triggering a smallriot in Beijing later the company declared it would not be sellingthe device with its pre - declared launch.