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10-27-2009, 08:35 AM #1
China Unicom to Support Black Market iPhones?
This week China Unicom starts selling the Apple iPhone legitimately in China. The new phones - reportedly priced at an astronomical ¥5,000 (about USD $700) each - will join an estimated 2 million black market iPhones in the People's Republic. According to reports, a China Unicom subsidiary has agreed to give service to all the black-market iPhone users, too.
China Unicom is the smaller competitor to dominant China Mobile, which developed the Ophone mobile phone operating system that can support its homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G standard. China Mobile still claims Ophone devices will come out this year, but no release dates have yet been set. So China Unicom has a potentially narrow window to gain market share on China Mobile, which recently surpassed 500 million users.
The black-market price of unlocked iPhones in China is generally around ¥3,000 (about $400), with Chinese copycats available for as little as ¥1,000. Since urban workers in China make about ¥30,000 a year on average, with workers in the big eastern cities being closer to ¥35,000, the price will keep the legit China Unicom iPhone out of reach for most, even with subsidies of about $100 each.
China Unicom may sell as many as 3 million iPhones in China in the coming year, according to market research firm Piper Jaffray.
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Last edited by Cody Overcash; 11-02-2009 at 03:57 PM.
10-27-2009, 08:41 AM #2
Are the blackmarket phones knockoffs? What kind of quality are we talking here?
10-27-2009, 08:45 AM #3
Aren't these the same knock off iPhones we see on Craigslist & Ebay? If so these things are garbage.
10-27-2009, 08:49 AM #4
umm china doesn't use yen.
10-27-2009, 08:54 AM #5
The ¥ symbol is also used for the Chinese currency yuan or renminbi. It's also abbreviated RMB which I find reads poorly, so I generally stick with the ¥.
You can get unlocked genuine iPhones - usually from Hong Kong - or copycats that are generally of poor quality, in all of the major cities.
10-27-2009, 09:09 AM #6
I rather pay $400 for the black market iphone. $700 is a rip off price for an iPhone. I would like to get one myself.
10-27-2009, 09:29 AM #7
In Bulgaria you have to pay ~$600 for the phone and sign a 1-year contract with the exclusive provider
The black market ones cost from $500 to $700....
Strange thing is - most people prefer the first option....
10-27-2009, 09:29 AM #8
I'll have to look into a cell plan from China Unicom next week although I don't think they'll be able to do any better then what I have now except for the 3G connectivity. I pay around $7.50 per month pre-paid with a 200mb data plan on an officially unlocked 3GS from Hong Kong. :P
10-27-2009, 09:34 AM #9
Makin money wherever they can ;-)This is getting a lil' ridiculous...
10-27-2009, 10:29 AM #10
10-27-2009, 12:58 PM #11
wow, with prices that high for unlocked iphones I just might sell my 3G 8gig and use the funds to buy a 3GS 32gig.
10-27-2009, 07:07 PM #12
pppffftt.. commiesOriginally Posted by ??????
10-28-2009, 12:10 PM #13
11-04-2009, 10:42 PM #14Phone plan
That really is dirt cheap. Would you mind telling me your service details and where you get it? I'm moving to China in December and would love a setup like that.