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Unofficial iPhone Sales Increase in UAE


Dubai, UAE : 06 July 2010

Apple’s new iPhone 4 is being offered for sale in the UAE by increasing numbers of online shops and merchants amidst huge customer demand.

Souq.com recently joined the list of sellers alongside other online stores such as alshop.com and aido.com. CEO for Souq.com, Ronaldo Mouchawar, said the price of the new iPhone 4 had come down ‘very fast’ as a result of the number of new sellers and that phones were being sold ‘continuously’.

The new iPhone is not officially launched in the UAE until September but there has been demand for the phones on the ‘grey market’ of internet sales.  Here companies act as a platform to bring sellers and buyers together, but they do not actually ‘sell’ the phones themselves.

Customers should beware though.  An iPhone bought in the UAE on the ‘grey market’ will come without an official Apple warranty and might have been ‘unlocked’ by sellers themselves.  This could result in phones relocking after receiving Apple updates or difficulties using different SIM cards.

Aido.com’s CEO, Sanjay Amarnani, has recently advised customers to check that phones they are buying are ‘factory unlocked’ to prevent any problems with use.

The iPhone has now been unofficially on sale in the UAE for around two weeks with current prices ranging from Dh3,300 to Dh5,000. So, if you live and work in the UAE you could be among the first lucky ones to own a new gadget.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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