Viral Fridays: Chinese Company Forces Employees with iPhone 7s to Resign or Be Fired

Welcome to Unbox’s “Viral Fridays” where we feature weirder than usual tech and geek related news to cap out the week.


Here’s another weird iPhone 7 related tidbit coming from the wacky land of China. The Nanyang Yongkang Medicine Company (NYMC), based in the Chinese province of Henan, recently published a memo for its employees, prohibiting them from buying and using the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Ignoring the unusual directive gets them a one-way ticket out of a job. Whoa there.

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Now, that’s harsh, you might think. What employees do with their hard-earned cash is none of the company’s business, right? For the medicine company, it’s really not about that, or even Apple’s iPhones (at least that’s what they said), but more on frugality and wise spending habits.

A local news outlet interviewed the NYMC, noting that the memo came from the firm’s chairman. According to the NYMC, the memo was really about “spending time and money on family, rather than an expensive smartphone.” If you ask us, the whole bruhaha is more of “keeping a good public image” than anything else. The concept of “face” is a huge thing in Chinese culture, after all.

Do NOT go here with an iPhone 7 series phone.
Do NOT go here with an iPhone 7 series phone.

Fortunately, nobody in the company has resigned or been fired for owning one of Apple’s newest gadgets yet. Yet.

According to DigitalTrends, Apple is struggling in the vast Chinese market, ranking only 5th most popular smartphone brand with a paltry market share of 7%. Chinese brands Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi are the top dogs over there.

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Source: DigitalTrends, BBC UK

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  1. PRC government is trying to kill foreign brands in their country. That is why they have iphone-ish phones. Google and facebook is banned. Even Volvo, is now chinese owned.

  2. They want to kill non-Chinese brands of smartphones and yet they are the ones contracted by these companies to manufacture them. If they don’t want these brands on their land, they should have not accepted the contracts in the first place.

    Sila ang gumawa, tapos sila ang ayaw. Are they trying telling us something in the likes of Note 7? According to reports, Samsung SDI made the exploding batteries of Note 7. However, SDI have a few contracts with some Chinese companies. I don’t want to rush to conclusions, but let’s wait and see who really manufactured these deadly batteries….

    1. samsung SDI made the exploding batts. the note7 for china market have batts made by a chinese company (ATL amperex) which don’t explode

      idiot-proofed version: the samsung-made batts explode. the china-made batts don’t explode

  3. common internal economy control, the USA did the same by taxing a heck a lot for japanese made motorcycles. The philippines do it too, hence the 40/60. its common and legal.

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