Smuggled iPhone 4 prices drop after reports of signal defect

12:40, July 21, 2010      

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Prices of smuggled editions of the iPhone 4 in the Chinese market have dropped over 15 percent after the U.S. magazine Consumer Reports confirmed the handset has a hardware flaw that causes signal quality to degrade.

Currently, an unlocked iPhone 4 is priced at around 7,000 yuan (1,033 U.S. dollars). At the beginning of this month, the price was over 12,000 yuan.

A dealer of smuggled iPhones in Shanghai said that sales of the gadget have not been very satisfactory, "as the prices were too high at the beginning, and then the reception issue broke out."

China Unicom, Apple's partner in China, earlier disclosed that iPhone 4 would be officially introduced in China during the fourth quarter.

Now that tests have confirmed the defect, Consumer Reports, a magazine published by the nonprofit Consumers Union, said recently that it isn't recommending Apple's iPhone 4.The publication has recommended all the three previous iPhone models: iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3Gs.

Although Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed at a press conference last Friday that less than 1 percent of users have reported the glitch to its customer service centers, the confidence of Chinese consumers was severely shaken.

Wei Zhong, an editor with a consumer electronics magazine, said that iPhone is not a "qualified" handset, because it failed to optimize its reception system.

Chen Mo, an iPhone 4 user, complained that he has to change his position when talking on the phone, in order to get better call quality.

"I love iPhone, but I have to acknowledge that," Chen said.

By People's Daily Online


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