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Apple Finally Doing The Paperwork To Sell iPhones In China
Everyone knows that the iPhone is made in China, but how about the fact that they actually available for sale in the country of their birth and won't be for a while yet. The glut of iPhones available elsewhere however, has created a black market back in China where sales of pricey knockoffs flourish and mules import the real deal for premium cash.
Yesterday, according to Shanghaiist, it looked like there was hope on the horizon for iPhones in China as a major phone company announced a preliminary agreement with Apple for exclusive rights to the iPhone in China for three years, at a cost of $439 each handset.
Meanwhile, the iClones with such names as "Hi-Phone" and "Ai Feng"which means "crazy love"continue to fly off the shelves in shady shops. When last we were in China, we sought some out and can report that they are very good replicas, but a the feel and performance of an Ai Feng still lacks the quiet panache of the real deal. We'd recommend not giving into the temptation of adding one to your souvenir pile.
· Another false start for the arrival of the iPhone to China [Shanghaiist]
· China's red-hot iPhone black market [Gizmodo]
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