If you thought things were messy with U.S. networks, Verizon and Sprint using CMDA and AT&T and T-Mobile using GSM, things are even worse in China – with WCDMA, CDMA2000, CDMA1X, GSM, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE all in use by different carriers in different combinations.

The iPhone 6 may be about to make life a whole lot easier, though, with Sina (via ZDNet) reporting that the model sold by China Telecom at least will support all of the wireless networks in use in the country, based on a Weibo post by the carrier. Admittedly the image used in the Weibo above looks a little different than the general consensus we’ve seen before – they were created by Tomas Moyano and Nicolàs Aichino, and China Telecom likely downloaded them from Bēhance.

That aside, the message they are sending might be more interesting…

This suggests that Apple may be making a single version of each iPhone model for the Chinese market, simplifying its inventory and also enabling China Telecom – the poor man’s carrier in China – to offer LTE data for the first time. The company has been losing subscribers ever since the iPhone launched on China Mobile.

It should be noted that China Telecom has since deleted the Weibo post on which the Sina report was based, so there’s no way to tell whether it was untrue or simply made public before it should have been.

China Telecom made the news recently when Apple confirmed that it has started using the company’s data centers for iCloud storage for Chinese customers.

More of the renders below:



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14 Responses to “China Telecom advertises intent to sell iPhone 6 supporting all networks with curious set of renders”

  1. Tim Jr. says:

    Lord, I hope this phone looks like that… Soooo SOOOO much cleaner…


    • Robert Nixon says:

      I agree that it looks better than the leaks/mockups we’ve seen so far, but I think it’s pretty unlikely that this is going to be the final design. For those white panels to work, there would need to be a recessed area in the housing for them to sit up, but none of the shells we’ve seen thus far appear to account for that.


    • Same here! It was rumored they may use glass, but so far all the leaks have shown otherwise.


  2. I would be thrilled if that is what it looks like. Those antenna breaks look a lot nicer than the simple line across I have seen on most renders.


  3. I love it!! Wanna buy it right now


  4. These are fakes using Hajek’s 3D models. The bands on the final model seem to be larger than that.


  5. I’m curious to see how Apple deals with this, although it certainly won’t be public.


  6. zubeirg87 says:

    I would agree that these renders look much more beautiful than what we’ve seen so far. But my guess is that this is not gonna be the actual thing. I would say the prototypes with the big antenna lines are the real thing. Because, though less beautiful, metal is tougher than those glass in-lays found on these renders here and on the iphone 5/5s. That being said, I wonder why they have not opted for liquid-metal inlays which would be both tough and radio transparent.


  7. These renders are made by Tomas Moyano and Nicolàs Aichino

    I hope that the iPhone 6 will be like that

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    • athynz says:

      So Samsung can be expected to copy this in about a month or so and all of the fAandroids will claim Samsung came up with it first… or that it is a copy of a feature phone…


  8. Dont think Steve Jobs could have approved this curved design…. It seems like Samsung Galaxy series phones…