Exporting HiPhone 5 to the world…maybe…

China is not only exporting railways, dams, workers and entrepreneurs to the world; now you may see a made-in-China HiPhone 5–a look alike of Apple’s soon to be launched iPhone 5–in your local store ^^

One has to admire Chinese creativity in producing this incredible “shanzhai” industry and their unwavering entrepreneurial spirit to copy every successful product in the market.

This new HiPhone 5 is now sold on Taobao for about 200 yuan, according to the Forbes. It is designed based on leaked images of iPhone 5.

While the West has been criticising China for violating IP rights within the country for a long time, now the new worry is that these pirated goods may cross borders and travel to international markets…

China’s tech pirates have a vast reach. They also ship pirated goods to Africa and other major markets. In Brazil, Chinese pirated goods are notorious and often operate in the open on busy streets like Avenida Paulista in downtown Sao Paulo. Chinese pirated video games and cell phones sell alongside North Korean knock-offs throughout the country, causing the police to often raid the establishments and finally seal off the properties with concrete blocks.  On the triple frontier border town of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, pirated Chinese Apple, Microsoft and brand name apparel are often smuggled across the border into Brazil for sale nationwide.

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see if alongside iPhones and iPads, we will also see HiPhones and HiPads in the near future…

A fake Apple store in Kunming, Yunnan. Photo by an American blogger “BirdAbroad” who is based in Kunming.

3 Responses to Exporting HiPhone 5 to the world…maybe…

  1. Interestingly, “piracy” — always referring to counterfeiting rather than to high-seas robbery — seems to be a frequent topic of research in Central and South America. When I was at a workshop on Chinese migration in Mexico, this was the topic of most contributions from the region. But this article conflates “knock-offs” with counterfeits, which I think is not the same. And North Korean products? That seems a little hard to believe.

  2. JJ says:

    Well the report might not be accurate for sure. I wonder when it comes to “copyright infringement”, do “knock-offs” and “counterfeits” make a difference?

    Recently I came across an article on the NY Times. The NYC police busted a little Chinese shop in Manhattan that sold paper/cardboard LV, Burberry bags, BMW cars, etc, (with logos printed) as funeral offerings for the dead. The police made arrests on charges of counterfeiting and copyright infringement…even though these “luxury goods” for the afterlife were supposed to be fake.

    Totally funny but I guess not very related to the piracy issue discussed here 🙂

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