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  1. Juan
    January 29, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Hey man, great coverage of the Xiaomi, I been trying to get one but I have two problems

    I’m outside China

    And my country its a pain in the ass for imports

    BTW how did you get it from China to the UK? a reship service or something?

    And are you sure you can’t order one from online stores? sure a few are scams but there are others that sell other brand phones too and have good WOT rating

    What do you thing?

    • January 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Hi there, thanks for your comment. Unsurprisingly, I get asked this a lot. You can only get a Xiaomi M1 from Xiaomi’s Chinese website. The only exception to this is China Unicom. The phone there costs more plus you need a contract. Anyone else who is selling it will have got it from one of those two sources and obviously will charge extra. I understand that a someone might have had success through that route on the MIUI English Forums but I can’t verify that. I have discussed this in earlier posts and comments but to summarise, I am fortunate to know people in China so they helped me through the process. If I hadn’t had this support, then I probably wouldn’t have got the phone.

      BTW, I have seriously thought of importing them myself. I am sure I could sell them even after taxes but Xiaomi’s are seriously hard to get even in China and I wouldn’t want to disappoint my customers with promises I couldn’t keep.

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