Chinese cops bust fake iPhone ring

Chinese cops bust fake iPhone ringChina has been responsible for some pretty crazy Apple stories this year. There was the guy who literally sold his kidney to get the money for an iPad 2, and the girl who offered to… let’s not go there again.

Actually, this story isn’t particularly crazy. Just a bunch of fake Chinese iPhones. Fake Chinese iPhones with genuine Apple components in ‘em that is.

According to Shanghai Daily, Chinese cops arrested a gang of five crazy entrepreneurs, who sourced genuine Apple components from Guangdong then used them to build mostly-fake iPhones in Shanghai.

The cost of building one fake was 2,000 CNY, and they were reportedly sold for 4,000 CNY, just a few hundred less than the real deal. Two hundred units were seized during the bust.

"It's really hard for customers to distinguish the fake ones from the genuine ones," observed one of the cops. Somewhat amusingly, the fakes were said to behave identically, but with shorter battery life.

I’m sensing a Top 5 Crazy Chinese Apple Stories feature coming on…

via: Reuters

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Treab  Sep. 30, 2011 at 16:03

probably better made too ;)

but if he could manufacturer them for 2000 with mostly genuine parts just goes to show you the profit margins these companies have with these phones...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 30, 2011 at 16:08

Hell, I'd have a fake if the only difference was battery life, can't be worse than my current phone's ;). It'd make a nice toy for a few hundred less than the real deal.

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 30, 2011 at 16:56

2000 CNY is £200 - a little less than half price. That's what it expected to manufacture.

Treab  Sep. 30, 2011 at 17:07

meaning apple makes 300 quid per phone ;) thats a 60/40 cost ratio...

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 30, 2011 at 17:16

Only £175 - shipping. Don't know how much it costs to transport them from China to UK. Ipad 2 32GB is £375 in US.

ukpricesuck  Oct. 1, 2011 at 11:58

Its probably 375usd stateside can't imagine them paying £375 tbh.mustangs are only like 30k usd.
They wouldn't put up with paying over odds for anything.
Unlike us having to pay near double for everything.
Import that's the way to vat hehehe


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