After the recent order passed by the Delhi High Court, banning sales and/or import of Xiaomi devices it found to be infringing on Ericsson’s patents.
“Our sincere apologies to all Indian Mi fans! Please rest assured that we’re doing all we can to revert the situation,”
–Hugo Barra,VP, Global Sales, Xiaomi
The smartphone manufacturer has responded to the ban with an open letter issued by its VP Hugo Barra, apologising to their Indian customers.
In the letter, Barra has acknowledged the ban and says that the company is evaluating its legal options.
Even the company’s Indian website (mi.com/in) is displaying the letter (below) with a link to their Facebook page.
What’s interesting is that the links to specific phone models (like the RedMi 1S) open up just fine.
Check out the full contents of the Letter after the break…
Dear Mi fans,
We have been committed to continue our sales of Redmi Note and Redmi 1S devices in India. In the last 2 days alone, we received over 150,000 registrations for Redmi Note on Flipkart and the momentum has been terrific.
However, we have been forced to suspend sales until further notice due to an order passed by the Delhi High Court. As a law abiding company, we are investigating the matter carefully and assessing our legal options.
Our sincere apologies to all Indian Mi fans! Please rest assured that we’re 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!
Stay tuned for more information.
(on behalf of the Mi India team)
This ban on the Chinese smartphone-maker could potentially hamper plans of tapping their second-largest market, after China.