Xiaomi fans in the US were pleasantly surprised by announcements this week that Mi phones would be immediately available via US-based virtual carrier US mobile on Monday. The phones were on sale for less than 24 hours however, before being removed from the store.

US Mobile, backed by T-Mobile, advertised that they were the first legitimate US distributors of the Xiaomi phones, a claim that was later debunked by the Chinese company itself.

“Xiaomi only offers a small selection of accessories for sale in the U.S. through Mi.com,” said Xiaomi in a statement. “There are no plans to sell smartphones through any authorized distributors in the U.S.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com