Update: February 12, 2008
Businessweek’s Peter Burrows has published a companion article – iPhone’s Reluctant Gray Marketer. This article outlines the Czech startup Bladox and their role in iPhone unlocking. See full article HERE
Inside the iPhone Gray Market
A global network is thriving by selling up to 1 million iPhones that bypass Apple’s restrictions
EXCERPT: Encamped along the aisles of the massive Zhongguancun Kemao Electronics Market in Beijing are many people like Li Zhongxin, of the Beijing Xinyu Lianhe Telecom Equipment Co. Li sits atop a plastic stool in front of his open-air stall on the third floor, scanning the throngs of shoppers for would-be customers. There’s no sign of Apple’s iPhone among the thicket of cell phones, handset covers, and other accessories hung on shelves and inside the waist-high glass display case, but he’ll be glad to show you one. In exchange for an up-front payment, “you can buy as many as you’d like,” Li says.
Full Article >HERE
For a gallery of iPhones sold in many “unofficial markets,” have a look at TUAW’s montage of > iPhones-around-the-world