Friday, February 24, 2012

Latest Chinese counterfeit: 'Sent from my iPhone' IM taglines

China is famous for its counterfeit goods, and that now includes not just actual physical goods, but signature taglines that say "Sent from my iPhone" or "Sent from my iPad."

Users of QQ, which is a popular Chinese instant messaging tool, can get the equivalent of a Mercedes-Benz car badge added to their posts, making it look as though they were sending their messages from an iDevice. On Taobao, China’s largest consumer-to-consumer online marketplace, merchants are offering to hack into QQ accounts in order to make the change.

Of course, that requires the user's QQ username and password, but for the privilege of that "exclusive tagline," folks seem ready to do so.

“The iPhone is too expensive. If you don’t want to spend that money, then fake it!” says the ad of one merchant. The service about $1 a month.

It's cachet for $1 a month. Think of it as showing off without having to pay for it. After all, a large percentage of those in China can't afford the iPhone, or may not even want it, simply because it's not available subsidized on their network (China Mobile, the biggest network in China, doesn't offer the iPhone).

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