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On the heels of a near-riot over demand for unlocked iPhone 4 units in China comes another turmoil in neighboring Hong Kong, where many customers of Apple’s online store there are finding their iPhone 4 orders cancelled.
iLounge is reporting that iPhone 4 orders placed with the online Apple Store in Hong Kong are being cancelled, according to MIC Gadget. Customers are being notified of the cancellation with a brief e-mail.
“To ensure that all customers are given the opportunity to acquire iPhone, we have limited the quantity available per customer,” the e-mail reads. “Our records indicate that you’ve exceeded this limit for iPhone orders, therefore this order has been cancelled.”
According to MIC Gadget’s research, it appears that “almost all types of iPhone 4 orders have been cancelled” -- regardless of quantity or type ordered. They cite the recent fracas at the Beijing Apple Store where fights broke out over the handset as evidence that Apple may now be buckling down on sales elsewhere in an effort to keep scalpers from ordering large quantities of the device.
The selling price of a grey market iPhone 4 in Hong Kong has actually increased since news of the order cancellations broke, which ironically actually gives the scalpers even further incentive to get their hands on the device -- assuming they can find them anywhere.
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