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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. eckokid116's Avatar
      eckokid116 -
      are any parts on this replica suitable for the 3gs ?
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by eckokid116 View Post
      are any parts on this replica suitable for the 3gs ?
      NO, not in any way, shape, or form.
    1. glendoor's Avatar
      glendoor -
      i cant wait to get my hands on one of these....um, i mean help the authorities bring these criminals to justice...or something
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      Look like a fantastic phone, in terms of quality and values. Just don't think of it as an iPhone. Compare that with the plain old handphone.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      Quote Originally Posted by glendoor View Post
      i cant wait to get my hands on one of these....um, i mean help the authorities bring these criminals to justice...or something

      Buy all of them you want...enjoy. The one I had wasn't even good as a phone. The touchscreen sucked so bad I couldn't even dial without taking 10 tries to hit the right button.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by eaglesteve View Post
      Look like a fantastic phone, in terms of quality and values. Just don't think of it as an iPhone. Compare that with the plain old handphone.
      I can assure you that they are not even good as a phone, they are truly awful and anyone who buys one would come to regret it very quickly. Not only would you have a very bad phone, you would have a very bad phone that is pretending to be an iPhone - do you realise how silly that would make you look?
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I actually bought one of these knock-offs for my son (who was in LOVE with my phone). Looks identical. Plays like mp4 format only. No AppStore!! No iTunes/alternative. You have only the pre-set pics to set as lockscreen, Internet is extremely slow (with tmobile). It got hung up and froze after...... 1 day!!! I had to email the guy, sent it back to get a full refund. It's not even good enough for my 10 year old. Now THATS sad!!! Nuff said
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      At least you got a refund! That means your ahead of 99% of people who bought these phones.

      Sadly, my iphone is down, and earlier today I dropped my Krzr, so I dug out my i9 iphone clone. I had to make a few repairs ( I got a little angry with it and threw it against the sidewalk a few months ago). Luckily I was able to replace the speaker with one from an old flip phone, and who needs that stupid trim ring anyway. So I'm stuck with this piece of crap till my iphone parts get here. I have to hit the screen like 10 or 12 times and accidentaly call 5 or 6 people before I actually dial the number I want. Belive me, if my Krzr wasn't ruined I would definitely be using it instead of this infuriating wanna-be devils spawn of a hell phone.
    1. melma2009's Avatar
      melma2009 -
      it's funny someone came to me selling those kind of Sh*t for 300 bucks i was like hell noooo da thing dont even cost 5 bucks and he ran away that was sooo funny
    1. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      I just took one apart for a friend. His son broke the digitzer. These sciphones are JUNK! Tried to tell him save his money for a real phone, any phone and he'd be better off. Oh well....
    1. henners123's Avatar
      henners123 -
      Knock-offs lol