Xiaomi gave away free Hongmi phone everyone at Beijing launch

When we arrived at the Xiaomi event today we knew we were getting a goodie bag, but we got an even better free gift as we left.

It’s tradition at a Xiaomi launch that Mi Fans, the media and VIP’s get a Xioami goodie bag with T-shirt, notebook and other nice novelties, but this being the year that the Beijing phone maker became a $10 billion company they had something special in store.

As the launch of the Xiaomi Mi3 and the Xiaomi TV wound up the focus shifted to free gifts for those of us who had attended. We were thinking novelly stuffed animals but what we came away with were 2 brand new Xiaomi Hongmi phones! Not just us though but the entire audience!

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Obviously a great marketing gimmick for both Xioami and China Mobile (as these are China Mobile only versions of the phone), but what a great way for a young company to show their appreciation to their fans (some of whom promptly sold their new phones at high mark ups on the street!).

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  1. Devesh Prabhu
    September 5, 2013

    I wish I had one for free….

  2. Harald
    September 5, 2013


  3. Allanitomwesh
    September 5, 2013

    Andi,Review it! I know it doesn’t work internationally but still, review it!

    • September 5, 2013

      Wiil do 🙂

  4. September 5, 2013

    WOH! I had guessed it right @Andi in morning. Plz send it to me 🙂

    • September 5, 2013

      haha, it’s a China Mobile only version

  5. Simon
    September 5, 2013

    Xiaomi must be doing well in order to give away one of those.

    • September 5, 2013

      Everyone in the crowd got one! They have thousands away! I still can’t believe it 🙂

  6. Pedro
    September 5, 2013

    Lucky bastard!

  7. September 5, 2013

    Andi, ask them to make next meeting at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil…. Thanks

    • September 5, 2013

      Good thinking 😉

  8. September 5, 2013

    Man man… Xiaomi are massive risk takers! First, they sell phones at a loss for more than a year, and now giving away free phones! Kudos to them.

    PS: More than getting myself a free phone, I’d so LOVE to cover one of these events myself! Lucky you, Andi!

    • dino
      September 5, 2013

      Dats cos construction tycoon and politiians I’ll gotten money is getting pumped
      Into the company.
      10billion is easy when u hv such investors.

  9. September 5, 2013

    On second thoughts, Xiaomi’s marketing strategies seem to have come from none other than Google.

  10. September 5, 2013

    Now I believe that the crappy internet connectivity was a conspiracy to put many a blogger off… so they could save on a lot of red rice.


    • September 5, 2013

      🙂 LOL

  11. kchimz
    September 5, 2013

    Mannn!!!! free stuff is always gooooood…nomatter wah it is.Nice Going Xiaomi.