These Chinese institutions will fire you if you show up at work with an iPhone 7

If you have an iPhone 7 and plan to work (or are working) for the Nanyang Yongkang Medicine Company, you better buy a Huawei for work. Apparently, the Henan province company politely informed its staff that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus won't be tolerated at its premises and those found carrying one are encouraged to resign, or accept being fired.

The memo was issued by the company chairman and has nothing to do with anything specific to the iPhone 7, but rather "disciplines" staff into not spending their time and money on an expensive smartphone, dedicating their resources to family instead.

In case you wonder, an iPhone 7 in china costs the equivalent of $800, and the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $960. After a hospital worker allegedly spent their three months' wage on a shiny new iPhone, the institution outright banned workers from buying the Apple flagship, saing that they won't get good appraisal, may miss out on future pay increases, and are advised to return the smartphone if they have it. Ouch!

Does anyone around you nag at you for buying an expensive iPhone 7? Tell us your story in the comments section below!

via Digital Trends



1. DellB

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Lol. Let common sense reign.

2. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Presumably, based on the price being the issue, the same would go for most brand's flagships? Seems a very different attitude the the west where people can waste their money on anything they like, smartphone's are actually far more worthwhile than many things people throw money at!

3. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Communism.......a terrible concept for an overpopulated pseudo-economy. I wish a muthaf**ka would tell me what to buy with my money. Expect an ass kicking session.........

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You find them here in PA.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And then... Chuck Norris tells you what to buy... ;)

25. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Every country should start doing this. Chinese are very smart. Banned Apple. Accept their homeland.

34. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Double morale bulls**t from you? Why care what others does if you dont want others cares about what you do with you money?

4. Fona13A unregistered

Seems like PhoneArena's staff had their feelings hurt by this.

5. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

just one word...COURAGE!!!

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yup! You need courage to use an iPhone at those premises. Sad for them. Having their freedom taken away again.

33. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

courage to remove 3.5mm jack courage to remove iPhone from company well, much courage...!

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I actually felt that the iPhone 7 was reasonably priced this year.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You have to be kidding. Here's a fun fact for you. The iPhone 7 at its flagship price offers the lowest resolution display on the market. You can buy other smartphones on the market for under $150 and you will be getting a Full HD display.

14. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Compared to previous years fam. Also, resolution isn't everything. The iPhone 7 screen is quite nice.

16. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

So STFU and go buy any other phone than an iPhone. Why are you so obsessed with Apple? Just buy your better screen resolution phone and be happy!!!

23. willard12 unregistered

This a a great comment for you to remember when you have an inclination to comment on a non-Apple article.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Even I will say the iphone 7 is better then a $150 phone. But not a $700 phone either. Yes I know that is JMO of the phone.

29. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Fun fact: Samsung Galaxy note 7 Explodes! Lol.. how is that??

12. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL ok sure it is.

15. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Compared to previous years?

7. Harambe unregistered

Communism for you.

10. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

This is more of a cultural issue I think. In China, you are culturally not allowed to own anything more expensive than your superior at work, otherwise you get fired. The superiors probably have iphone 7's and thats their new expensive toy, the employees can get their chance next year when the new iphone comes.

19. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

if a superior earns a lot to "manage" buying a phone, then it's not a problem. If an employee needs to spend 3 months wages to buy one, then it's different. i also can't afford a ferrari while my superiors can easily get one. doesn't mean i need to have one too

11. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Lmaooooo hilarious

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I be damned if I spend 3 months pay on a single item that isn't a necessity.

18. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

some people may have issues with responsibility. while i wouldn't want anybody to tell me what to do, i think it's definitely better to keep an eye on people and their behavior instead of letting them ruin themselves for a stupid phone. if i'm being threatened to lose my job because i spend my money in gambling and my family is starving, then i should be grateful instead of annoyed if somebody watches over me!

26. willard12 unregistered

Yes. And if your employer fires you for speeding, smoking, drinking alcohol, not wearing a seatbelt, or eating candy, then you should be thankful. They are just looking out for you. Besides, doesn't everyone want their employer to get involved in their personal finances? The moral of the story is, your comment was dumb.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Good we should adapt this world wide!

24. ginno4196

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

true bro

27. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I know capitalists doesn't fire their employees for ridiculous reasons.

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