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China association exec accuses Meizu of faking M9 lineups

updated 12:50 pm EST, Tue January 4, 2011

Chinese official says Meizu paid for long M9 lines

The China Telecom Industry Association's (CTIA) Secretary General Li Yi accused Meizu of staging the very long M9 lines for its New Year's debut. He claimed Meizu chief Jack Wong paid for the hundreds or thousands of customers to line up at key Meizu stores. This was just part of how he regularly conducted business, the official commented in his Weibo update.

Li Yi nonetheless had a backhanded compliment and argued that the effort was worthwhile, since he estimated that Wong would have paid less than 300,000 yuan renminbi ($45,375) but received much more in the way of publicity.

Meizu Sales Director Hailiang Hua has already denied the allegations. The company had already taken pre-orders that would have justified the lines. It was "ignorant and a joke," the executive said, adding that many of those who had queued up didn't get a phone in the end. Wong himself countered and said the CTIA Secretary General had a "big mouth."

Phone lineups are uncommon in China and have mostly centered around Apple's launch of the iPhone 4 in the country last year, although that was partly helped by the opening of extra Apple stores as well as a market with relatively few official outlets and a burgeoning gray market. [via MeizuMe]

by MacNN Staff



  1. bonaccij

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So, this guy is either an idiot or he’s Brilliant! If he did pay people to stand in line - good for him! Cheaper than advertising...

    It would really kinda suck, though, if all those people lined up and only, say, 50 bought a phone. Have him release sales figures! That’s the easy way to figure this all out! lol...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    cheap stunt

    OK so he got some notice. Is the phone any good?

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It would say something about the intelligence of the Chinese line stander vs. the American one. In America, idiots stand in line for days, all for free, just so they can be the first person on their block with some gizmo.

    In China, at least they'd be smart enough to say "I'll stand in line, but only if I get paid for it."

    Then again, in the US, people will stand in line to say they 'stood in line'. While the intelligent US consumer will just go to the web, order it online, have it delivered to their home or office. That way, they can go to the mall at lunch time with their friends, sit outside the Apple store, and laugh at the fools with nothing better to do than stand in line.

  1. ClickSpace

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sometimes standing in line is...

    all about meeting new people who have a similar interest as you do. It's a social gathering as much as it is about wanting to be the first to get a new gizmo.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You heard it here first

    I believe I said they stood in line to get Maroon 5 concert tickets, and instead it turned out to be the almighty Yuan.

    Well - they could have conceivably bought Maroon 5 concert tickets with their haul, so I'm going to score one for me.

    For those missing the reference, the Microsoft Win 7 queue - was really for giveaway concert tickets to see Katy Perry and Maroon 5.

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Milli ...

    ... Vanilli

  1. njren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Jealous much?

    Of course the guy's comments are absurd. The lines were real, the phones were real, the thousands of "Did you get it/I got it/Who got it/ Where did you get it/How long did you wait?" online messages were real. Almost 138,000 posts were logged on the Meizu forums that day. In both good and bad, it's true that Meizu fans in China are every bit the equal of Apple fanboys/girls, but there's no faking the interest in -and desire to own- this phone. The only real question is how far that interest extends beyond the "Meizu family".

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