Sina Tech, 8/11/11
On the heels of China Unicom's (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) release of RMB 1,000 3G smartphones, a memo leaked from China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) states that the operator recently confirmed to provincial subsidiaries that it would roll out a series of RMB 1,000 3G smartphones targeted at students and young subscribers. The list will include a number of large-screen 3G smartphones, including the Huawei C85005, the ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ) N606 and N600+, China Wireless Technologies (2369.HK) subsidiary Yulong's Coolpad E239, Chinese handset distributor Telling's (000829.SZ) K-Touch E610, and the Hisense E89.
A number of the phones will go on sale in August, and China Telecom plans to introduce major subsidies to promote the handsets. The Huawei C85005, for instance, has a retail price of RMB 899, but will retail for RMB 799, with an additional RMB 799 worth of talk time included, through Beijing Telecom's online service center.