toggle

AAPL Stock: 100.89 ( -0.65 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

China Unicom to offer amnesty for gray-market iPhones

updated 05:00 pm EDT, Mon October 26, 2009

May legitimize many Chinese devices

Some users of gray-market iPhones will soon be eligible for an amnesty in China, writes the China Business Times. Official products for the region are set to go on sale later this week, after an unusually long negotiation period with Apple. Prices will be considerably higher than many Chinese are able to afford however, which could lead a number to choose unlocked import phones, which are also frequently less expensive.

Shanghai Unicom -- a subsidiary of China Unicom -- has consequentially announced plans to allow those with gray-market iPhones to sign up for officially-supported service. Customers will thus be able to take advantage of all iPhone cellular features, some of which would otherwise be blocked on unauthorized SIM cards. The strategy is unusual, as unlocked iPhones are typically only supported in regions with multiple official carriers.

Over 1.5 million iPhones are thought to already be in use in China. Shanghai Unicom also faces the obstacle of numerous imitation iPhones, which often omit key functions but are nevertheless cheaper and stylistically similar. The amnesty should eventually extend to all China Unicom customers.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Add to the GMS!

    Good plan.

    - A

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    what features?

    Except for VV, what other features are these people missing out on?

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the din ...

Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Blueto ...

Pure Jongo T2 wireless speaker

Multi-room audio compatibility is a key metric for wireless sound systems these days. The entry cost into a house-spanning system can ...

toggle

Most Commented