I have just landed in Shanghai, lost my previous handset (an LG Optimus Black) and proceeded to the nearest China Mobile outlet. A not-to-be-missed deal - practically RMB250 only - for a Lenovo A288t quickly turned into a small nightmare when I got back, charged the unit and powered up ...... it seems "locked out" of Google Play and instead links you to a host of locally-bred apps stores which is not of use for me as me-no-speak-Putonghua!! I also cannot sync my Yahoo and GMail accounts - I have my entire CONTACTS list on GMail. A quick check around cyberspace seems to suggest I can break this lock by getting a replacement operating system used for, say, Hong Kong handsets. It seems this can be done at the Xujiahui computer malls for about RMB100. Has anyone had this experience?? Many thanks!!