The I Phone 5 is rumored to be a true global phone that will support global LTE network. Analysts feel that with keeping support for 3G network, Apple will be able to cater to the Chinese market too. Hence it comes as no surprise when Chinese sites list down I Phone and start booking pre-orders for them. The site claims to be offering the phone by purchasing it from other European markets soon after the launch. This makes it available even before the phone is officially launched in China. Concept designs, analyst speculation and media reports also suggest that the phone will have a larger screen size. However it is tight lipped about any speculation.
Demand for Apple products has always been high in China. Apple has only 5 stores in mainland China and the release of the phone versions are generally staggered much after the European and US markets. This creates a market for smuggled phones. However, TaoBao wants to bring in the phones through legitimate route from Hong Kong or US markets. How they will manage to bypass the unit limit on customs is not clear.
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