The iPhone can be bought in China, even though Apple Inc. isn’t selling it there and the gadget doesn’t function properly despite costing twice as much as in the United States.
Enthusiasts willing to pay 8,800 yuan ($1,170) can buy the iPhone at electronics markets in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the computer and electronics newspaper Dian Nao Bao reported in its Monday editions.
In the United States, the combination cell phone-iPod media player can be had for as little as $499. The Chinese version can make calls and send text messages, but it can’t receive calls. The voicemail function also doesn’t work.
Apple is currently selling the iPhone only in the United States, where it’s restricted to AT&T Inc.’s cellular network. Last month, hackers were successful in unlocking the device so that it could be used on other carriers.