iPhone 5 preorders have gone live in China... kind of

iPhone 5 preorders have gone live in China... kind of
Want to purchase the iPhone 5 now, although Apple is yet to announce such a device? No problem! Just visit China's largest e-commerce platform, Taobao, and you'll be able to find a good number of sellers offering the anticipated device on preorder (if you know Chinese, that is).

Apparently, some Chinese enterprises have decided that if they use some of those leaked images of the iPhone 5, and throw in some rumored specs to go along with them, then it would make for a rather convincing listing. Well, it seems they are right, as Reuters reports that some of those sellers have been getting dozens of preorders these days. Different sellers are said to be charging differently - some are asking for a deposit of 1,000 yuan ($160), while others wouldn't settle for anything less than the "full price" of 6,999 yuan ($1,100).

But what happens with these preorders? What devices actually get sent to the buyers? Thankfully, it seems most of these businesses aren't lying to consumers, and intend to send them real iPhone 5s, once they become available in Hong Kong. The reason for all of this is that Apple gadgets tend to become available in Hong Kong earlier than in mainland China.

So, there you go, folks - if you can't wait any longer, you can just go ahead and preorder an iPhone 5 for 6,999 yuan right now! But don't tell your wives (or moms) that it was our idea...

source: Reuters

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20 Comments

1. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

uh oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol this is a situation where you listen to that little voice in your head that says... "DON'T DO IT!" i rather wait til its announced from apple.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

this!!!!!!

13. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Yes and my little voice is yelling rite now NOOOOOOOOOOOO LMAO

2. FoxDavis

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

What a joke!

3. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

LOL, joke.

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Ifans can now spend their money on an idevice before its even announced. The milking of the stupid has never been more rampant.

14. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Y r apple fans stupid, but google fans aren't? What's wrong with people spending their money on what they want. Are Pepsi fans stupid cuz the don't choose coke? Are mustang fans stupid cuz they don't choose the corvette. I choose both android and iOS, but I'm a little more of an iOS user... However I do t consider myself stupid. That's a rude comment my man. Maybe ur the stupid one, cuz googles taking your money just like apple, Pepsi, coke, ford, and Chevy takes their fans money. Ifans love iOS, and fandroiders love android. Maybe jus maybe we're all stupid...

16. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Nothing is wrong, except when its a scam like this is

17. AngryApplcpCustomer

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Sithman. My man. Iphone sucks because they are outperformed. Im an ios user. But im trapped for 2 yrs with an f'ing iphone 4s.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31299; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok that's cool bro, but y insult the people who buy them just because they're loyal to the brand, when a lot of android users r just as loyal. By the way I like my 4S, it does piss me off at times tho but no more than my s3

20. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

That's funny I can't wait to get rid of my garbage DROID for an iPhone ^_^… even though my processors are supposedly superior, all of the extra garbage you can't uninstall slows it down :) oh and my DROID only crashes every few minutes but you know, it "out performs the iPhone...." Now it is your OPINION that the iPhone sucks but thats just YOUR OPINION! I had an iPhone and it was far superior than my last two Android devices so its MY OPINION that the iPhone is better and superior :)

6. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

I pre-ordered mine...jk! hahaha

7. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

A. 4" screen (Apple) ---> 4.3" STD for Android. B. No SD (Apple) --------> Removable Micro SD on every Android phone, Tablet C. Battery conceal -----> Every Android smartphones are battery removal. D. ICONICphobia -------> Widget, iconic if you preferred E. Slide down feature--> Android had this feature for very long time. F. 3.5" screen 16gb, 32 gb ($649, $749) phone4 4s ----> 4.8" GS3 16gb, 32gb($599, $649), retail on Verizon website. This is simple for me, I will picked Android is the right.

10. JessJess unregistered

"Removable Micro SD on every Android phone, Tablet" "Every Android smartphones are battery removal." HTC One X says hi.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31299; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Several android phones now have non expandable memory and sealed batteries just ask Htc and Motorola

8. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

I'd laugh if someone is stupid enough to send their money to China, then Apple comes out with the iPhone that's totally designed differently than what's on the site and what's rumored, and ends up loosing their money and get scammed... LMFAO

9. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Who is a dumbest person to order phone that cost $1100?

11. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

only way i'm spending $1100 on a phone is if it wipes my ass too

12. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

There's an app for that...

15. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Lmao!!!

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