Date
22 November 2017
China Mobile employees have to use their own money to buy the handsets then sell them to relatives and friends. Photo: Bloomberg
China Mobile employees have to use their own money to buy the handsets then sell them to relatives and friends. Photo: Bloomberg

China Mobile staff forced to sell 4G handsets

China Mobile employees in Heilongjiang province are up in arms over a requirement that they buy a certain number of handsets from the carrier and resell them to prove they’re qualified to work in the company.

The quota applies to senior managers, middle managers, supervisors, rank and file and temporary workers, according to Caijing magazine.

“If you are unable to resell five handsets, do you think you are qualified to be our employee?” Dong Zuguang, who runs the program, was quoted as saying by an undercover reporter sent by the magazine.

Dong said the employees have to use their own money to buy the handsets then sell them to relatives and friends as part of a “training program”.

An employee recently called into a radio show to complain about the practice.

Everyone is required to buy at least six 4G handsets, costing 5,485 yuan (US$890), and resell them. These are mainly ZTE Redbull V5 and China Mobile’s flagship M811 handset.

Each unsold unit will incur a 500 yuan penalty, the employee said.

Higher ranking employees are subject to tougher quotas — nine units for supervisors, 11 for middle managers and 15 for senior managers.

About 1,000 people from the Heilongjiang branch are required to sell 6,205 4G handsets.

The target is 100 million units this year, according to the employee.

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