Apple still faces one more hurdle to selling iPhone 6 in China

Gigaom

Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus become available tomorrow in the U.S. and other countries. China isn’t one of those and as of yet, it’s not clear when consumers in that country will be able to buy the new handsets. The date should be getting closer, however, as Reuters reported Thursday that Apple has one of the two required licenses it needs to sell the iPhone 6 in China.

Apple's iPhone 6. Photo by Tom Krazit/Gigaom Apple’s iPhone 6. Photo by Tom Krazit/Gigaom

Similar to how the FCC tests and approves cellular devices in the U.S., China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology certifies handsets for sale in China. The MIIT has approved the iPhones for domestic frequencies but hasn’t yet provided Apple with a “critical network access license,” so there’s still one hurdle left before Apple or carriers can sell the iPhone 6 in China.

The situation is a bit of a black eye…

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