Yesterday was the big day for Apple, which started selling its iPhone 4S in China after signing a distribution agreement with China Mobie. The launch of the phone was under the firm’s flagship store in Beijing Sanlitun neighborhood, first thing in the morning. Many customers had come from all over the country and concentrating on entry even for days, enduring the cold.
However, at about 7.15 one of the local dependent appeared and communicated through a megaphone that the terminal would not sell that day , without providing any explanation.After knowing that the phone would not sell it sparked panic. Customers employees insulted and uttered cries like “Apple’s market outside China Mobile” or “liars”. Some even started throwing eggs, as recorded Gagdet MIC . At that time, a security officer tried to stop her throwing and several people began to beat up.
The situation became so tense that even the riot police were called in Chinese . But this did nothing to calm down some of those who were waiting in the queue. Among them, most were virtually resellers, who hoped to buy units in bulk 4S iPhone to sell for a higher price. Instead of abating with the security forces, decided to organize themselves in groups of 30 to 50 to try to access the site. After several arrests, the crowd was breaking even at noon there were still two dozen police and vigilantes cordoning off the site.
An Apple spokeswoman, Carolyn Wu, later explained what happened: “Unfortunately we were not able to open our shop in Salnlitun due to the large crowd and to ensure the safety of our customers and employees . The iPhones are not available in our stores in Beijing and Shanghai at the moment ”
After the incidents (during the introduction of the iPhone 2 in the country also had fights and violence), Apple has decided to abort the launch of its phone retailers until further notice . The Cupertino company will continue to market its smartphone through its website and by China Unicom.
As reported by RTVE , the establishments of the firm in China have hung posters of “no iPhone 4S” and some of the stores have not been able to open, so that the company “has broken many hearts of China,” commented one of those affected. At home, Apple has five Apple stores , two in Beijing and three in Shanghai.
Apple products have caused a real stir in the Asian country. Despite being items that are out of pocket for most Chinese citizens, the firm has made good sales numbers in the territory, selling over 5.4 million iPhones in the first nine months of 2011. The black market that moves around the banner of the block is impressive, with plenty of gagdets that mimic the design and the iPhone and iPad applications and accessories not authorized.