Mobile-phone company China Unicom has received the go-ahead to start selling the iPhone 4S in China and may roll out the device as soon as Christmas, according to a report.
Blog M.I.C. Gadget says the company received a network access permit from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology earlier this week.
That should mean China Unicom and the iPhone 4S are good to go. A China Unicom sales executive said last month that the company had "already done all of our preparations, we're just waiting on the permit." M.I.C. said the company was planning a launch for "as early as Christmas, or probably New Year."
After the iPhone 4S debuted in Hong Kong in November, preorders sold out in less than 10 minutes. China already accounts for the second-highest profits for Apple.