A few weeks ago, an American teenager made headlines by unlocking the American version of the iPhone, which is strictly limited to use on the AT&T mobile network in the U.S. The 17 year old published his work on his blog, forever cementing in place in the annals of nerdery. With the iPhone unlocked, iPhone users can use to phone on any GSM network, as used in Europe and Asia, free them from AT&T’s grip.
It didn’t take that long and it was inevitable, but the iPhone has arrived in China (even though it is manufactured here). Since one article mentioned Xujiahui as a hotspot for purchasing the phone, Shanghaiist went to look around and took these pictures at the electronics mall, near exit 10 in Xujiahui. Indeed, the phone was for sale. Although the Shanghai Morning Post reported that a 4G iPhone sells for 5800RMB, we found the prices a bit higher. “William”, our salesman, informed us that the going price for an iPhone with 4GB will cost about 6300 RMB and an 8GB iPhone runs you more than 7000RMB. Perhaps we were given us the white face discount. Damn that “William”!
Thank you to Micah for informing us that iPhones are now for sale on Taobao.
Hélène Franchineau contributed to this story.