Iphones Cheap In Hong Kong?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by michaelbond89, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. michaelbond89 macrumors newbie

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    HEY

    im off to hong kong in july and was wondering where the best place to best an iphone would be?ive head wanchai but was also wondering if theres any markets that wont be selling fakes.im also after an ipad so if anyone no's anywhere they are sold at a good price a tip would be much appreciated

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  2. Ping Guo macrumors 6502

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    Head to Mongkok, north of Tsim Sha Tsui. Take the Tsuen Wan line, get off at Mongkok, take the Argyle Street Exit. You'll be in a dense shopping area with tons of electronics malls. Go to 83 Arglye Street, "Sincere House". This shopping center specializes in mobiles, especially smartphones. Each kiosk inside is a small business, so you can jump from one to another and try to haggle, but you'll find the prices are more or less the same.

    I bought mine from shop G80, called "Like". They specialize in Apple, and they did right by me. They offer a full year warranty, etc. But you won't find "cheap" iPhones anywhere. My 16GB 3G cost 6100 HKD in 2008, which is like $780. This is the unsubsidized price.

    You'll be offered a choice between a SIM-unlocked (flashed) iPhone, which is usually a US version that's been software unlocked, or a HK version, factory unlocked. What's the difference? Well, in some markets, like HK, consumers are protected from being strong-armed by telecoms and are actually given a choice of which carrier they want to use with their phones... imagine that!

    From what I understood, the HK Apple-unlocked phones are trouble-free and you won't have any issues when updating the OS, adding apps, etc. And it's true, I've had zero problems with mine, so I do recommend ponying up the extra cash for the HK version.

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. Cockroach macrumors 6502

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    Just order it from store.apple.com/hk. It will be unlocked. That way you know you're not getting a fake.

    This store is also reputable, and you can walk in and pick it up if they're available. http://www.upcmac.com.hk/
     
  4. Ping Guo macrumors 6502

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    Yeah but store.apple.hk only ships to HK addresses, so he'll need someone there to receive it... you can also check out Fortress and Lifestyle Club, they're licensed resellers. But the best prices I found were in Mongkok. Again, they don't vary that much.

    If you buy from a reputable shop you won't get a fake... plus they'll activate it for you and you can check the OS yourself. These stores are in business selling Apple products, it's not like you're buying from some guy selling phones off a blanket in Shenzhen.
     
  5. Cockroach macrumors 6502

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    I don't know where he's staying, but they may deliver it to a hotel. You can definitely use a different billing address (e.g. UK address).

    I'm sure I could spot a fake if I interacted with it, but some of them are not obvious to a lot of people.
     
  6. Tino04 macrumors member

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    I seriously thought that was a joke on reading the first paragraph - even now I'm not sure :eek:
     
  7. Cockroach macrumors 6502

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    The only problem with getting a HK version is that the warranty won't be honoured by Apple anywhere else (US/UK etc).
     
  8. michaelbond89 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hey thanks for the help guys,im from australia btw

    im staying at the jj hotel in wanchai and im also visiting macau and kuala lumpur but ive been to hong kong before and i found it very good.ill have a good look around at the stores you suggested and see where i go from there

    thankyou
     
  9. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    Just get it at Fortress or Broadway. They are chain electronics stores that sells the iPhones unlocked. I actually just bought a 3GS unlocked from Fortress a week ago for my father, $5388hkd. If you are worried about fakes and have a short period of time, just go to Fortress or Broadway. They are everywhere, trusted, and ask anyone, they can point you to one.
     
  10. swr macrumors newbie

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    Warranty or Applecare

    That is not the case. I own a HK iphone and the warranty and Applecare are global. Anywhere where there is an Apple store or an authorized reseller it can be serviced and if you happen to be in a place that has neither then you can send it in to Apple for service. A lot of people think that Applecare is only honored in the country it was purchased but it is definitely not the case. Apple recommends that you purchase it in the country of your residence so you can be guaranteed to get the level of service that is available to you with your your Applecare terms that you agreed to. Each country has different levels of service and locations available.
     
  11. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    That's not necessarily true. If you're in the US and have a problem with your Hong Kong iPhone and go to an Apple Store, they can only replace it with a US one. I mean, if your repair is minor, what you say may be true, but most iphone repairs involve walking out with a replacement phone, which can only happen in the country that your iphone is from.
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If your iPhone suffers a screen issue they can replace the screen only; any other component requires a device exchange which would require returning the phone back to the country of purchase. Apple will not do this return for you.
     
  13. swr macrumors newbie

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    That is partially true. If you want a replacement that day then yes what you say is true. If you want to get it replaced through sending it in to Apple, then they can and will replace it with an unlocked phone like the one you purchased in Hong Kong or any other place where unlocked phones are sold officially.
     
  14. matthewyip macrumors newbie

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    The best place to buy the iPhone 4 in HK is Apple Store Online

    The second choice that I recommended is go to the Official iPhone carriers in Hong Kong. The two official iPhone carriers are 3 and Smartone-Vodafone. Both of them sell no contract and unlocked iPhone. They were selling the 3GS 16GB for HK$5488 (old price before the iPhone 4 announced) ($100 higher than the Apple Store HK online(HK$5388)). It comes with a prepaid card with HK$298 value. Not sure how much will the iPhone 4 be but it should be the same price as the 3GS old price.

    Don't go to Fortress and Broadway within the first 3 months of iPhone 4 launch because they don't carry any stock. I have heard someone pre-ordered the 3GS there and waited more than one month to get the iPhone.

    Also, I don't recommend to go to Sincere House or Apliu Street to buy iPhone if you don't know iPhone enough...you may get scammed...
     
  15. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    Just sharing my friend's experience:

    He bought an iPhone from the airport shop (authorized dealer) in Hong Kong, and used it for a couple of months back in the US. The battery life started to deviate really fast, so he took it into the Apple shop somewhere in Tennessee to get it looked at. He told me they wouldn't fix it and he must send it back to HK to have it looked at (he is a no BS person, so I guess Apple must have some sort of policy). So he sent it back to me three weeks ago, I took it to a service provider here in HK and they replaced the old one with a brand new one. I don't have all the details on why Apple USA wouldn't service his iPhone, he only told me that they wouldn't do it in the US and must send it back to HK, and believe me, he is someone who would argue day and night, but in the end Apple US still won. :) Perhaps it is because the iPhone had to be replaced and the TN US didn't want to do it?!

    On the other hand I have no problem getting my US-bought MBP serviced here in HK via AppleCare bought on eBay.
     
  16. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, go to Apple store HK to buy the iPhone if possible. Though when I bought an iPhone 3gs for my father two weeks ago, I first went to Smartone for the iPhone, but they told me I had to first order it. Then I went to Broadway, they had it in stock and I was able to buy it immediately.

    Definitely don't buy from an unauthorized dealer on the streets in Apliu Street or Sincere house etc, only buy from authorized dealers like the service providers, Broadway, Fortress, etc!
     
  17. pedram501 macrumors newbie

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    Is that possible to find other original brand such as Nokia there?
     
  18. xxtra macrumors member

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    Can AT&T detect a HK iphone? I have no need for the data plan here. Please let me know if you can try it out. I can ask my cousin to bring me one next month.
     
  19. stylinexpat macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it can. Any unlocked phone works any where.
     
  20. OMGitsShan macrumors regular

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    If you are from Australia, why are you buying from Hong Kong? Given that the phone is out in Australia and apart from the fact that the iPhone is slightly cheaper in Apple Store HK vs Apple Australia, Australia offers a SIM unlocked phone too and you would definitely not have any issues with warranty while in Aus for an Aus purchased iPhone.. just saying!
     

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