Fake phone bust in China

When is a Nokia phone not a Nokia phone? When it’s a fake.

A series of recent raids in Shanghai have netted nearly a hundred counterfeit mobile phones and the arrests of a dozen sellers.

China is the world’s largest mobile phone market, yet these phones were cheap knockoffs with official-looking trademarks. They looked exactly like Sony Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung phones, but they didn’t have corresponding price tags.

Investigators reported that the phones were bought initially for as little as US$25 and then sold for nearly US$40, still a far cry from what they would sell for on the open market if they were real. The fake phones were generic handsets made up of scavenged parts and sported none of the fine features that the labels would have led you to believe.


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