The tech industry is a tough one, to say the least. It’s hard to get in a leading position in pretty much any market, and you have to work very hard to stay there. The leading phone manufacturer in China is Xiaomi, and there is quite a huge market for their phone in the States despite them not yet being available. After a controversial announcement yesterday, it turns out that US Mobile not actually allowed to sell Xiaomi smartphones.
Multiple websites published articles late yesterday and early today, claiming that US Mobile is now the first and only official Xiaomi and Meizu distributor in the United States.
But apparently they either put too much faith in their source or they weren’t interested at all in proper journalism, as it turns out that US Mobile wasn’t an official distributor at all, but on the contrary.
The company had apparently purchased a number of Xiaomi and Meizu device from a third party, and proceeded to sell them state-wise.
By the time Xiaomi actually replied to the incoming barrage of e-mails asking them if they finally changed their mind and want to start selling overseas, US Mobile had already taken down the pages for all the products, claiming that they were out of stock.
People in the United States, as well as in Europe and pretty much any other place except Asia have been interested for quite a while in Xiaomi’s smartphones.
Sure, Huawei offers the same mid-ranged smartphones at decent prices, but the more diversity the better. And the Xiaomi’s devices have been praised for their high quality and low prices.
So of course, when people saw that they could finally purchase the devices they went all out, without being interested in the provider.
The Xiaomi models that were put up for sale were the Mi 3, Mi 4 and Redmi 2, all of them without any 4G LTE connectivity. This should have been a dead giveaway about the dodgy source of the smartphones, but people were too excited to pay attention.
The company issued a statement quite rapidly, saying that US Mobile are not their partners or even authorized resellers, and that they have no plans to start selling overseas any time soon.
A few interested parties even managed to find out the name of the unauthorized third party reseller due to a note on one of the pages before they were taken down; the note said “Sold and Fulfilled by Omni Electronics HK”, so that is most likely the name of the company.
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