Shanghai Police Arrest 5 People for Building, Selling Fake iPhones
September 29, 2011 10:14 AM
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Real iPhone (Left) and fake iPhone (Right)
Approximately 200 fake iPhones were discovered during the arrests
Selling fake Apple products has become a bit of a trend this year. Over the summer, over
22 unauthorized Apple retailers
were discovered in Kunming, China and two stores in New York were found
selling fake Apple accessories
. Apple, of course, went after all of them for trademark infringement.
Now, five individuals have been arrested in Shanghai, China for building and selling fake iPhones according to
The five people arrested were part of an organized gang that purchased the components needed to build the fake iPhones from Guangdong, China, then built them in Shanghai apartments and sold them in
According to Chinese police in Shanghai, approximately 200 fake iPhones were discovered during the arrests. The fake versions had all of the same functions as a real iPhone with the exception of a shorter battery life.
"It's really hard for customers to distinguish the
from the genuine ones," said a police officer involved in the arrests.
a fake iPhone costs about $313 USD (2,000 yuan) to make, and are sold for about 4,000 yuan on the illegal markets.
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"It's really hard for customers to distinguish the fake ones from the genuine ones,"
9/29/2011 12:45:09 PM
A short time ago someone tried to sell me one of those - I wasn't interested, but just for kicks I showed interest and tried to find the App Store - without success.
"Where's the app store?"
"You know, I don't know how to operate it..."
Seems like a sure way of testing it for me.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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