HONG KONG – As. rolled out its newest in Asia on Friday, dealers and buyers said it’s only a matter of time — maybe as little as a few days — before the popular device hits the region’s thriving underground marketplace.
are nothing new to Asia, where enthusiasts from Bangkok to already sport fake and unlocked models of the first generation, which was unveiled last year.
Now, electronics markets are preparing for an influx iPhones capable of 3G, or third-generation, cell phone technology after the official release in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong of the new Apple unit.
In the Chinese territory, ads pitchingand services to unlock them were everywhere in a shopping mall with three floors of cell-phone stores.