September 4th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

I want an iPhone. At lunch the other day, all I could do was flick through pictures on my friend Mike Schroffel’s beautiful, shiny, Series I, required-a-wait-in-line-
like-it-was 1987-and-he-was-vying-for-tickets-to-the-Def-Leppard-
Hysteria-tour-but-my-god-isn’t-it-beautiful- and-totally-worth-it piece of Apple phone gold.

Which is why I’m not surprised that some sneaky snapper in China–where the units are assembled–has been selling unauthorized versions of the iPhone for use in China, for nearly triple the price. An official Apple version of the iPhone is not meant to launch in Asia until 2008.

Sadly, the pirate versions have a few, er, kinks:

In the United States, the combination cell phone-iPod media player can be had for as little as $499. The Chinese version [8,800 yuan ($1,170) ] can make calls and send text messages, but it can’t receive calls. The voicemail function also doesn’t work.

Sure, a part of me thinks it a bit silly and sad that Chinese enthusiasts are spending so much of their hard-earned cash money on fake Apple products that don’t really get the job done. But the other part of me, which knows that Apple First-Series end up defunct anyway (Sorry Maris, we feel your MacBook Pro pain), kinda thinks the Chinese might be better off.


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