Starving Gazans Snap Up iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 will not be available until December from mobile operators in tech-mad Israel... But the phones have been available for a couple of weeks in Gaza and they were on display on Monday in three independent mobile stores in a one-block radius in downtown Gaza City.

When the next flotilla heads to aid the beleaguered Hamastanian people of Gaza, they might want to bring a whole bunch of iPhone 5's with them, instead of expired medicine and aging radicals.

Gazans have plenty of food. What they want are iPhones and not just any iPhones will do. Do not mock the starving people of Gaza with your old outdated iPhone 4s'. They spit on them and on you. Nothing less than an iPhone 5 will satisfy their revolutionary fervor for connectivity through expensive high tech toys.

Apple's new iPhone 5 is selling well in the Gaza Strip despite inflated prices, reaching the Palestinian enclave via smuggling tunnels even before high-tech hub Israel next door.

The iPhone 5 will not be available until December from mobile operators in tech-mad Israel... But the phones have been available for a couple of weeks in Gaza and they were on display on Monday in three independent mobile stores in a one-block radius in downtown Gaza City.

Prices ranged from 4,500 Israeli shekels (US$1,170) for the 16 gigabyte model to 5,700 ($1,480) for 64 gigabytes.

"I ordered 30 and I've sold 20 so far," said one dealer. "We can order as many as we want. But most people are waiting for the price to go down. They're pretty expensive."

Next time Alice Walker boards a flotilla, she might want to bring something that Gazans actually need, like mobile hotspots.

Tags: Gaza

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