Xiaomi suddenly started blocking gray smartphones

Xiaomi makes quite a few devices that are not sold outside of China. For example, the recently released smartphones Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Xiaomi Mix 4. But there are countries where the company’s equipment is not officially sold at all. And in such states, the manufacturer began to block “gray” devices without warning.

First, there was a message on Reddit from a user in Cuba. He talked about the well-known practice when people buy phones while traveling around the world and then sell them at home. Previously, such smartphones worked fine, but recently, a few days after activation, the following message began to appear on the screen of the devices:

“Xiaomi does not authorize the sale of a product in the territory where you tried to activate it. Please contact the seller directly for more information. “

At the moment, messages about blocking are received only for new models (Redmi 9T, Note 10S). It is difficult to say how widespread the problem is, but in Cuba alone, more than two dozen Xiaomi owners are sounding the alarm.

The Chinese do not block all smartphones. The network reports that many copies of the same Redmi Note 10S are working properly. However, in order to avoid potential gouging of devices, the XDA Developers forum recommends unlocking the bootloader and installing custom firmware on them.

And what about Nigeria?

Don’t panic yet. Now, problems with Xiaomi smartphones are being reported from Syria, Cuba, Iran, Sudan and North Korea. What unites these countries is that no Xiaomi equipment is officially sold there at all.

So far, no serious problems with Xiaomi gray technology are expected in Nigeria, except for the residents of Crimea. Well, do not forget that at the beginning of the year the company has already tightened the screws, blocking the possibility of installing Google services on Chinese versions of smartphones.

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