All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis

Shanghai cops bust fake iPhone gang

29 Sep 2011

Police in China finally appear to be getting tough on counterfeit Apple goods, after news emerged that Shanghai officers busted an organised gang responsible for building and distributing hundreds of fake iPhones.

Shanghai Daily reported that five suspects have been arrested so far following the discovery of the gang's workshop in Zhabei, a part of Shanghai close to the city's largest mobile phone market.

The report said that around 200 fake iPhones were seized, along with over 5,000 components, worth an estimated ¥5m (£500,000).

These were pretty good forgeries, though, with some genuine components. They shared the same functionality as the real iPhone, but battery life was far inferior, the report claimed.

The news will be welcomed at Cupertino, which has been frustrated by a string of fake Apple stores springing up around Chinese cities, a staggering 22 in Kunming alone.

Apple has even sought to register a number of patents in China in an attempt to protect its intellectual property in the world's second largest economy.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Phil Muncaster

Phil Muncaster is news editor at, a role he has fulfilled since January 2010. Previously he was chief reporter for IT Week, having also worked as a reporter and senior reporter on the publication from 2005.

Before IT Week, Phil worked as a researcher for the Rough Guide. Prior to his work in journalism, Phil spent three years teaching English in Japan.



More on Components
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus

BYOD vs CYOD vs BYOC poll

Which approach is your firm taking to managing employees' mobile devices?

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5 showdown

Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S vs Nexus 5

We speed test three of the most popular smartphones

Updating your subscription status Loading

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button

Data protection: the key challenges

Deduplication is a foundational technology for efficient backup and recovery


iPad makes its mark in the enterprise

The iPad can become a supercharged unified communications endpoint, allowing users to enhance their productivity

Business Analyst (Agile / Scrum, BDD) - 12 months+ to £415 p/d

Business Analyst (Agile / Scrum, BDD & Software Development...

Systems Test Analyst - Ecommerce

Systems Test Analyst required with experience within...

Software Development Engineer

Develop: Customise: Configure. Maximise your technical...

PHP Developer

PHP Developer PHP / MySQL / LAMP / HTML5 / JavaScript...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.