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US model iPhone 14 does not work with Chinese carriers TechNode

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Apple on Thursday introduced the lineup for its new iPhone 14 series, and the models that ship in the US no longer support physical SIM cards. Instead, the new dual-SIM feature is powered by eSIM technology, allowing users to download SIM and phone number information directly from supported carriers. However, the four major Chinese carriers – China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom and China Broadnet – are not supported. Due to the functional change, the American models are hardly usable in China. Some Chinese users prefer to buy iPhones from the US because they are cheaper than the Chinese ones. Chinese carriers are slow to adopt new technology, including 4G (VoLTE) and mmWave calling. For example, VoLTE technology has taken five years longer to be available to the public in China compared to US carriers. As for eSIM, while Chinese carriers have allowed users to use the technology in smartwatches, they have never allowed phones to use eSIM. The government approved the use of eSIM in a 5G phone case for Huawei phones earlier this year, which only supports 4G due to US sanctions. [ITHome, in Chinese]

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