1 Million Dollars' Worth of iPhones

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AAPL21, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. AAPL21 macrumors member

    May 11, 2014
    This is a photo taken in the hotel before phones are smuggled into China, boxes are ditched to make it easier to smuggle across check point. Each stack contains 10 phones and there are 400 in total. 400 iPhone 6 / 6 Plus will fetch upto $1 Million USD on Taobao (NYSE:BABA) or in the local phone markets.

    If you are wondering why the line outside of Apple Store is still so long, this is why. As long as Apple doesn't release enough iPhones in China on launch days, all other first release cities will turn into New Shenzhen.

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  2. libu macrumors member


    Sep 19, 2014
    Where is that photo from ?

    An article ?

    Link to original article please.
  3. mrcrlee macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2008
    You mean as long as the Chinese regulatory agency does not grant apple the permits necessary to legally sell them.
  4. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
  5. Snot Rox macrumors 6502

    Snot Rox

    Sep 16, 2014
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Haha. That was exactly what I was thinking too.
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    AAPL21 thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2014
    I know a guy who used to smuggle phones from HK to China back in iPhone 4 days. This is sent to him by his friend who's still in the "industry". This was taken in HK, and the phones are in China now.
  7. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    Apparently customs in China must be very lax to allow this to get through. Must be a lot of bribes being paid during this period to government officials for all these phones to get through. iPhones, the drug of choice in China.
  8. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    So serious question, is this business actually illegal, or merely shady?
  9. noisycats macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2010
    The 'ham. Alabama.
    I think that's squilly's brother's hand in the picture.

    I could be wrong.
  10. AAPL21 thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2014
    I can't help but wonder what's up with that. Leading up to the iPhone announcement, some major carriers in China already leaked posters with Sept 19th release date; so why the last minute change? :rolleyes:


    As long as they are not declaring these devices at the customs, this is illegal.
  11. Eau Rouge macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2013
    Photo looks like it came from a drug bust!

    Curious, are the groups behind this instructing the buyers to obtain specific models like the A1586/1524 for TD-LTE support or do they care? Are there local means of unlocking foreign carrier locked phones?
  12. AAPL21 thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2014
    AFAIK, they are primarily going after the A1586/1524 from HK & Japan, and the Verizon models in the US. I've seen some Taobao sellers selling ATT/T-Mobile version but they are relatively small.
  13. My Name is URL macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2013
  14. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2009
    Some China carrier(s?) uses CDMA so it makes sense. Plus Verizon iPhones are factory unlocked.
    When you by a T-Mobile iPhone from and APPLE STORE (NOT CARRIER STORE) for FULL PRICE it will be factory unlocked.

    With AT&T it might be unlocked as well and if it isn't AT&T has to legally unlock it because the phone has no payments due.

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