A Chinese company is in the news after the company announced that it will begin selling iPhones through a new online store in the U.S. The move comes after a number of online retailers have said they will begin allowing Apple iPhones in the coming months.
In its announcement Tuesday, Alibaba said it had agreed to sell iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to American consumers.
Alibaba will also sell iPhones through its own online store and Apple will pay for the service through its existing affiliate program.
Alibaba said the sale of iPhones will start at a price of $199 for the iPhone 6S Plus, $249 for the 6S and $299 for the 7.
The deal is expected to open in the second quarter of 2018, Alibaba’s president and chief executive officer said in the announcement.
The iPhone deal comes as Apple has faced increasing pressure from competitors such as Amazon and Microsoft to sell more of its own products to the U, which has been the biggest customer base for Apple.
Alibaba is the second-largest buyer of Apple iPhones and the fourth-largest seller of iPhones, according to data from Counterpoint Research.
Apple has said it is exploring other ways to sell iPhones, including allowing consumers to buy and resell them through the Apple App Store and other online retailers.