Apple's iPhone 5 has received a mandatory regulatory certification in China, which is required before it can go on sale in the country--clearing its first obstacle toward being officially available in the country.
According to Sina Tech on Wednesday, the 3C certification (China Compulsory Certification) system indicated two device models A1429 and A1442 received the certification on Sep. 24, 2012, with a deadline Sep. 24 2017. The model A1429 corresponds to China Unicom's WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) network, consistent with Hong Kong's iPhone 5 version, while the model A1442 corresponds to the CDMA2000 (IMT-CDMA Multi-Carrier) telecommunications network.
Even though the current A1429 iPhone 5 model does not list support for China Telecom's CDMA2000 network, it is possible Apple has submitted a separate model number for this carrier, the Chinese technology publication noted.
The iPhone 5 had officially gone on sale in several countries on Sep. 21, but China was not in the first wave of the nine markets worldwide.
However, China Unicom has confirmed that as long as it gets regulatory approval, iPhone 5 will arrive on the carrier's network within three months of the handset's launch, according to Sohu IT in a separate report.