6/21/2006 2:35:00 PM
Customs swoop on 6230is
Customs has impounded around 60,000 Nokia 6230i handsets that were being moved from Dubai to the UK, according to sources.
The action, which took place during the second week of June, has resulted in over £6m worth of grey stock being removed from the UK market. Trading sources claim that the handsets were impounded on suspicion of carousel fraud.
The news come at a time when 6230i handsets are already in short supply. The impounded batch is thought to have been sold into the UK to take advantage of the high delta between official Nokia and grey market pricing, which in the UK currently stands at around £20 per box.
The 6230i has seen a series of price drops recently. Nokia are expected to drop the official price of the device further within the coming months to make way for the 6233, which is expected to replace the 6230i as its top-selling phone.
Trading sources Mobile has spoken to say the operation is likely to drive handset prices up further. 'If there's no grey stock available people have to start buying genuine,' one trader said.
Customs would not confirm that the handsets had been impounded.