A leaked advertisement from Chinese mobile network ‘China Telecom’ shows off a few new iPhone 6 renders that look similar to the official iPhone 5s photos on Apple’s website. The advertisement also mentions that China’s iPhone 6 (or, China Telecom’s version at least), will support all carrier networks in China. While this may not sound like anything important, remember that in the U.S., nearly every carrier uses different bands, with Verizon and Sprint using CDMA technology, and AT&T and T-Mobile on GSM and HSPA+. In China, there are six different bands used by the major carriers in different configurations. 9to5Mac’s Ben Lovejoy interestingly points out the following:
If we can forget the image, 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.
As stated, it’s unclear whether or not every model of the iPhone in China will support all bands, or just China Telecom’s version. Also, something to note is the slogan used on the advertisements. We have trouble believing the iPhone 6’s slogan will be “Even Better”, but then again, time will tell.