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The big September 10th iPhone event is just days away, and with two new iPhones expected to be announced by the Cupertino-based outfit, it’s fair to say that the tech industry is rather excited. Although we’re now sure to the point of near certainty that we’ll be seeing a low-budget iPhone 5C as well as a flagship iPhone 5S, nothing’s set in stone until the official unveiling, although China Telecom has gotten ahead of the game having already begun advertising the as-yet non-existent handsets for pre-order.

Of course, the pre-order part of China Telecom’s Web page was quickly taken down, but Apple is unlikely to be amused by such a slip-up from an official channel as one of China’s largest cellular providers.

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The iPhone 5C, Apple’s purported attempt at a lower costing smartphone, will be a vital component to the company’s expansion into the Chinese market. With so much potential for growth in this developing nation, as well as others such as India, the polycarbonate-clad handset could be a real winner.

Even if Apple has confirmed the devices to China Telecom, there’s no way the pre-orders should be out an online for all to see, but with the pre-order part now having been removed, all that remains are some screen captures via Weibo.

iPhone 5S 5C Pre-order screen

Interestingly enough, the ad suggests that China is to be among first markets to get both new iPhones, which would certainly be a turn up for the books. Often, the Chinese market has to wait some months to get hold of the latest and greatest in Apple gadgetry, but with Tim Cook’s men now seemingly taking China a bit more seriously as a large consumer than it previously has, things may well be about to change.

China Telecom customers can register their interest in the devices early by leaving a name and number on the newly-adjusted Web page, and with just a few days now until the big unveiling, it won’t be long until the rumors can finally be put to bed.

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The story doesn’t end here, either, according to Reuters, which is also reporting that China Unicom and China Telecom will start pre-orders of Apple’s new devices as soon as next week.

We will, of course, be covering the iPhone announcements in detail right here at Redmond Pie, so be sure to stay tuned to our coverage!

(Source: Reuters)

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