Taobao’s iPhones getting cheaper on Unicom policy shifts
China Unicom changes its iPhone plan offerings
On April 14, China Unicom shifted its iPhone plans eliminating their most popular free-iPhone-with-contract plan and adding a super discount plan. They also started selling iPhones without a contract: 4,999rmb for a 16GB phone. Analysis in Chinese
Taobao’s iPhone price drops 10 ~ 20%
I was planning choosing Unicom’s popular free-iPhone plan, but after they closed that option I was left reconsidering my options. Thankfully, iPhone prices on Taobao began sinking. You can now find the 16GB iPhone 4 for about 4200rmb to 4400rmb. All without a contract commitment.
My choice was Feichang
I ended up choosing Feichang Shouji 非常手机 for an unlocked Hong Kong iPhone and paid 4420. These guys have many shops around China and I hear that they offer excellent service if you need your firmware scrubbed or your settings tweaked.
Did I make the right choice?
In light of today’s China Unicom offerings, does it still make sense to buy an unlocked iPhone?