should we go ahead with handsets that are available in India, such as XOLO and Gionee?

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A friend and I were researching to buy a smartphone, and had zeroed in on XOLO Q-700,Q-800 & Q-1000 or Gionee-Gpad G2, which seemed to have the best configurations in the R13,000 budget-range. Meanwhile, we found HTC One listed on ebay.com at about half the retail price, but there were ‘locked’ and ‘unlocked’ phones. My question is: should we go ahead with handsets that are available in India, such as XOLO and Gionee, or should we rely on websites such as ebay.com, which preserve buyers’ rights in case of cheating or defaults.

—–  Buying a handset from ebay.com that says it maybe locked (which may be an indication that it is a stolen device) is a bad idea. As long as you are buying genuine material, using sites such as ebay.com is not a problem, but ‘locked’ and ‘unlocked’ stuff may indicate illegaly acquired devices. On the part of Gionee, Micromax and other like brands that are entering India, there is nothing wrong with buying these brands, as long as you know what model you want.