Saturday, November 20, 2010
Giz-China has posted a report and photos claiming that genuine white iPhone 4s are being sold in China’s grey market. The boxes are marked with a label describing them as being “for internal use only,” and certainly look more convincing than many of the knock-offs from that area. The price of these supposedly genuine white iPhone 4s is undoubtedly high. The 16GB model costs around $828 to $1024, while the 32GB model costs even higher than that.
Interestingly, these models are running iOS 4.1 and are locked to AT&T’s network. This could be a sign that Apple plans on releasing this unit on U.S. soil shortly. Of course, waiting for that to happen is the least expensive way to go. According to TUAW’s post , “This type of illegal resale has been a persistent problem for Apple. In 2008, the New York Times estimated that there were 1.4 million ill-gotten iPhones in the world. At this time last year, the Wall Street Journal estimated that number had grown to 2 million in China alone.”