The new iPhone 7 is the coveted mobile phone for so many people right now and it is no wonder Chinese social media is buzzing with the news of a woman who managed to get 20 of them.
That is not all there is to the story though and to understand the thorough fascination that people have with said story, we really should take you back to the very beginning.
A blog was published on popular Chinese blogging platform – the Tian Ya Yi Du forum – by someone writing under the name of ‘Proud Qiaoba’. It was the story of her female colleague, who has now been dubbed ‘Xiaoli’ (not her real name) by the Chinese media. Xiaoli, who is from the city of Shenzhen in southern China, had requested a new iPhone 7 from each of her 20 current boyfriends.
If you are amazed at the fact that a woman has 20 current boyfriends, you may want to get over it quickly so that you can be shocked afresh at the news that the 20 boyfriends actually obliged Xiaoli. Each of the boyfriends bought their darling Xiaoli the new iPhone 7 and Xiaoli now the proud owner of 20 iPhones, sold all of the phones to a mobile phone recycling site called Hui Shou Bao for 120,000 Chinese yuan (about £14,500).
She used the money realized from the sale to put down a deposit on a house in the countryside. All this is according to Proud Qiaoba who also wrote on the blog post that her group of friend had been shocked when she showed her new house to them and revealed how she had managed to obtain the money for the deposit.
Proud Qiaoba wrote;
“Everyone in the office is talking about this now. Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public.”
On more background to Xiaoli’s life, Proud Qiaoba wrote that she “is not from a wealthy family. Her mom is a housewife and her dad is a migrant worker, and she is the oldest daughter. Her parents are getting old and she might be under a lot pressure hoping to buy them a house… But it’s still unbelievable that she could use this method!”
A hashtag which can be translated as ’20 mobiles for a house’ has been circulating on Weibo, and became the country’s top trend as soon as the news broke, it has been used over 13 million times now.
Of course, Xiaoli has gotten herself some admirers as well as some haters, while others remain skeptical of the entire debacle. BBC has, however, verified the story themselves and approached the mobile phone recycling business, Hui Shou Bao, who confirmed that they had indeed purchased 20 iPhones from a female client at the beginning of October and paid 6,000 Chinese yuan (about £725) for each one.