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  • Ridiculously Cheap Fake iPhones Come to the West


    China has long had a burgeoning market in knockoff iPhones, since the genuine article wasn't available in the Middle Kingdom for years after its launch, and even now is so expensive in legitimate outlets that it is out of the reach of most Chinese workers. Evidence is beginning to emerge that copycat iPhones (called shanzhai in Mandarin) are coming to the Western world... and bringing their low price tags with them.

    Steve Cassidy at PCPro received a call from a friend who said that someone had sold him an iPhone at a pub for £25, or the equivalent of $38 US. The phone comes in a case identical to the iPhone 3GS right down to the Apple label on the back, with a few telltale differences - such as the mute switch bring a pushbutton rather than a slider - and an oddball screen display, with an iPod icon that looks like a CD and an Internet Explorer logo in place of the Safari icon. Other than that, according to Cassidy, this phone is "good enough to fool those who havenít used the real deal."

    The fake - which commenters on Cassidy's blog think is a SciPhone i68 - has two batteries and supports dual SIMs, all of which are accessed by lifting the back plate, which is removable on this device. The touchscreen allows access to an array of workalike apps, including a "Java" icon and a porn app... which clearly marks this phone as a copy, as Apple would clearly never allow such a thing.

    Most shanzhal phones - such as the micro-mini CECT m188 - differ significantly enough from the genuine article so as not they will not incur Apple's wrath. This copycat tries hard to look just like an iPhone, though, and the fake label would be something that Apple's legal team would attack with a vengeance should this item ever be legitimately offered for sale. While the quality almost certainly falls short of the original. should these devices ever come to the West in greater numbers, it may start putting price pressure on Apple's products. For now, it's hard to see this as more than just a curiosity.

    image via PCPro.uk
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Ridiculously Cheap Fake iPhones Come to the West started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 71 Comments
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      does this thing actually use a touch screen or one of those old type pressure sensitive display?
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      no you idiot. stop running off with wild assumptions. i mean does it have access to the app store. i was asking because a non apple device should not be able to download from the app store. i was not insinuating piracy. you just wanted an excuse to feel all righteous.
      if other non-Apple devices don't have access to the App Store, what hell makes you think that this will?
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      Quote Originally Posted by holdemdogg View Post
      I agree why would some one want one?
      Why would you want one?! Because it's hilarious and cheap, put a prepaid sim card in it and live out Jason Bourne dreams.
    1. Buckmaster's Avatar
      Buckmaster -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      no you idiot. stop running off with wild assumptions. i mean does it have access to the app store. i was asking because a non apple device should not be able to download from the app store. i was not insinuating piracy. you just wanted an excuse to feel all righteous.
      Yep, Apple Fan Boy
    1. Luigi453's Avatar
      Luigi453 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      yeah...

      why would you even want that.
      agreed. But i bet it fools people that havent seen real ones up close.
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      why everyone bash sciphone, sure it's not up to par with a real iPhone, but look at the eBay listings

      this is by far the sweetest 50$ phone I have ever seen

      dual sim
      dual battery
      microsd
      2mega camera/video
      mp3 mp4 mpv 3gp playback
      drag and drop via USB
      2 external speakers
      unlocked
      apps
      wap/edge/GPRS/gsm

      seriously whatdo you want for 50 buck
    1. ilovemymac's Avatar
      ilovemymac -
      wow the replicas looking freaking real !
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      Whoever wrote the article should have mention that it doesn't have access to iTunes and the app store. Theres more info if u google the the phone. There's no way to get iPhone apps on the fake phones. People still try to sell this crap on cl or eBay for over 100. These fakes been out for awhile and it's old crappy news. Don't waste your money on this. Other countries buy these phones because apple charges $500-700 usd just for the iPhone. People tends to lean towards knockoff if the fake phones can be picked up for dirt cheap.
    1. giorgos_rou's Avatar
      giorgos_rou -
      search for Pinphone 3GS
      You will be like "WHAT THE HELL???".
    1. rampagebegins's Avatar
      rampagebegins -
      cuz pirating is what iphone users do best xD
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      People must be retarded around here to pay $200+ for this crap...

      iphone ciphone c6a 8g
      Ciphone (Iphone Clone)
      Ci-phone, Dash, Blackberry Curve

      or $300..
      32g iphone for $300
    1. sheon's Avatar
      sheon -
      for 50$ it makes a perfect phone to take to work with u (constuction hard labor type work where ur likley to drop ur real iPhone)

      id get one for a phone to take to the shop and when im out use my real iPhone
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      If it can play movies and do youtube my 4 year old nephew would carry it around religiously. It looks better than that piece of junk Leapster, that's for sure.
    1. sub zero's Avatar
      sub zero -
      I 100% agree with you niqolas619. Good ****** post bro
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      Can you jailbreak this?
    1. ninja279's Avatar
      ninja279 -
      If I remember correctly, these phones do not have a built in GPS. They probably do not run apple software, making current iphone apps unusable. Before you buy make sure you have these questions answered.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      These things are crap. The touchscreens are worse than than you can imagine. No wifi. No GPS. No real browser, data is GPRS. I bought one a while back just to see how it compared and it was the single most frustrating experience of my life. Yes, it costs about the same as a Razr, and I'd take the Razr over one of these any day. The only thing it has in common with the iphone is its looks, if you expect it to do anything else you will be very disapointed. The most enjoyment I got out of this piece o' crap was when I finally snapped and smashed it on the sidewalk.

      And don't think it would make a good Ipod either, if you don't believe me, try it, you'll see
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      if other non-Apple devices don't have access to the App Store, what hell makes you think that this will?
      because it's supposed to be a knock off iphone. did you read the article?
    1. Spenny's Avatar
      Spenny -
      Quote Originally Posted by giorgos_rou View Post
      search for Pinphone 3GS
      You will be like "WHAT THE HELL???".
      Pinphone takes biscuit for best iPhone clone yet

      WHAT THE HELL???
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      dude this was how they showed off the screen quality of the mock iphone. this freaks me out man...