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Technology  21, Feb 2014

US$133 smartphone Redmi sold out in Singapore in just 8 minutes!

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Did you manage to get your hands on a Redmi while it was launched in Singapore? These plans might be of help

Much to the chagrin of Singaporeans looking to get their hands on Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi‘s Redmi smartphone, official sales had ended in just eight minutes. The company had launched sales on its website at 12 PM sharp today.

Xiaomi Singapore’s Facebook page also saw unhappy netizens voice out against not being able to purchase a smartphone off the website. Some of them also complained that the sets were not reserved even though they had managed to add the smartphone into a shopping cart. In addition, many were skeptical about the number of handsets available for purchase. At time of writing this report, Xiaomi Singapore’s Facebook page has more than 10,000 likes.

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This is not the first time Xiaomi is experiencing such feedback towards going out-of-stock in a short period of time. In 2013, it sold 100,000 Mi3 smartphones in a minute and 26 seconds in China.

Singaporean consumers were also annoyed that while the name of the phone is Redmi, the phone was only available in grey.

For those out there who are still interested in purchasing a Redmi, StarHub and SingTel have announced their plans.

StarHub will be offering the Xiaomi Redmi smartphone at all StarHubShops beginning February 27, 2014. The device will be available for free on selected StarHub mobile post-paid plans, or for S$169 (US$133) with a StarHub mobile pre-paid bundle.

SingTel will be offering the Xiaomi Redmi smartphone at the IT Show starting February 27, 2014. The handset will be available for free with a two-year subscription to SingTel’s Lite, Value, Plus and Prestige mobile plans, or for S$68 (US$54) with the SuperLite plan. It will also be available without contract for S$169 (US$133).

Elaine Huang

Elaine Huang

Elaine is a fervent believer that if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, we will all be snapping away at them with our phones and posting them onto Instagram. A Mass Communication graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Film and Media Studies, she enjoys writing about technology and entrepreneurs. When not hashtagging her way through all sorts of trouble, Elaine is probably contemplating how to write in the third person.

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