Unsurprising, of course, but even at that rate, those phones are going fast. AFP reports:
Apple’s iPhone 4S was available in several Beijing shops on Saturday, despite not officially being for sale in China.
‘Today we have got two from Canada, they’re 11,000 yuan each. If you’re interested, you need to come straight away,’ a salesman at a mobile phone shop at Hailong market told AFP.
She said it was a 16GB model, the least expensive in the range. In the United States, the same phone is sold for US$199 with a two-year contract.
At Zhongguancun, the Chinese ‘Silicon Valley’, in the north-west of Beijing, a shopkeeper specialising in Apple products said: ‘We don’t have any more, it will be in next Tuesday at best.’ Many Chinese media titles also reported on the high-price sales of the much sought-after phones.
Seriously, guys? 11 grand? For a phone that doesn’t make you coffee or do your laundry? For a phone that doesn’t even try to speak your language? or fails to understand you when you speak its language?
Meanwhile, down south in Hong Kong, black market dealers are asking for ‘just’ HK$10,500.
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