iPhone 6 buyers in China who wanted to have the device immediately have had to rely on resellers who visited Apple Stores in Hong Kong or the US, and brought the freshly purchased device(s) home with them. This situation was caused by the Chinese government not granting licenses to Apple. Now all this is about to change, because according to sources speaking to the New York Times, the last remaining license is just a couple days away.
The iPhone 6 is likely to get the final license before China’s National Day celebrations on Oct. 1, claims a person in the know who works for one of China’s state-owned telecom providers. If this happens, the new models will most likely begin selling in China a few weeks later.
This means the days when smugglers could charge up to $3,000 for an iPhone 6 Plus unit are over. While one wholesaler might have boasted to the NYT of making $163 a sale, with the iPhone 6 officially available in China, scalpers now face big losses.
Hong Kong’s marine police seized 286 iPhones, a statement from Hong Kong customs reveals. Also the government is readying an auction of 2,000 iPhone 6s it had seized in the southern city of Shenzhen.