Xiaomi suspends sales in India

Friday, Dec 12, 2014,21:45 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Chennai | Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has suspended its sales in India following directions of the Delhi High Court, restraining sales of its products. We have been committed to continue our sales of Redmi Note and Redmi 1S devices in India. In the last two days alone, we received over 1.50 lakh registrations for Redmi Note on (e-commerce site) Flipkart and the momentum has been terrific, Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra said in a post on a social networking site.
However, following the order passed by the Delhi High Court, we have been forced to suspend sales until further notice. As a law abiding company, we are investigating the matter carefully and assessing our legal options, he said.
Recently, the Delhi High Court in an interim order has restrained Xiaomi as well as Flipkart from selling in India handsets of the Chinese mobile maker that runon the technology patented by Ericsson. Our sincere apologies to all Indian Mi fans! Please rest assured that were doing all we can to revert the situation. We have greatly enjoyed our journey with you in India over the last 5 months and we firmly intend to continue it!, he said in the post.
Meanwhile, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi said it is investigating the matter carefully and assessing its legal options. In the past few months, Xiaomi has been facing major roadblocks in the Indian market. In October, the Indian Air Force asked its personnel and their families to desist from using Chinese Xiaomi Redmi 1S phones as these are believed to be transferring data to their servers in China and could be a security risk.
Earlier this year too, security solutions provider F-Secure had, in a report, claimed that Xiaomi Redmi 1S phone was sending data, including the user’s IMEI, phone number, and phone numbers of contacts added to the phone book to a remote server. Since then, the company has announced migration of data of its international users (non-Chinese) to data centres in the US and Singapore.
The company is also exploring options of setting up a local data centre in India to benefit users in the country. Xiaomi entered the Indian market in July this year with its Mi 3 smartphone in partnership with e-commerce major Flipkart.