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Submission + - What you get when you buy a $40 iPhone in a bar (pcpro.co.uk) 1

Barence writes: How good — or bad — are fake iPhones? PC Pro blogger Steve Cassidy has a friend who paid £25 ($40) for an "iPhone" in a bar, and he's got the photos and full lowdown of what's inside this not-so smartphone. The phone looks convincing enough from the outside, with a genuine-looking backplate, but things start to go wrong when you switch it on. What’s a “Java” and “WLAN” App button doing on the screen? And how about that Internet Explorer icon? It’s like you’re handling an artefact from an alternate history, dropped in via a spacetime wormhole. It has dual SIM handling, too, and came with a bizarre auxiliary battery festooned with warnings about not pressing a button mounted on the front of the top-up device.
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What you get when you buy a $40 iPhone in a bar

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  • Ummm if everything on this thing works OK, and if it conforms with radiation standards etc. I wouldn't mind having one for that price, even if it doesn't say iPhone on the back...

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