China Telecom officially announced it would begin selling the iPhone 4S next month. China Telecom is a major market for Apple, because its 130 million mobile subscribers will now have the opportunity to purchase Apple’s latest smartphone. The iPhone 4S will go on sale on March 9 on China Telecom, and pre-order offerings will start on March 2. China Telecom has almost 200 million customers in Mainland China, including fixed line, mobile and broadband. It also boasts about having the largest CDMA network in the world (ahem Verizon) by installed base.

Apple provided a well-timed statement on the matter to The Loop:

iPhone 4S has been an incredible hit with customers around the world,” Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison, told The Loop. “We’re thrilled to be launching iPhone 4S with China Telecom and can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers in China.

We previously noted that China Telecom would begin to sell the phone around the announced timeframe. The iPhone 4S on China Telecom will be available in every configuration: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The phone will start at “free” with a contract. China Telecom received its license to sell the iPhone in January.

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