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People in China paying to have “sent from my iPhone” appended to messages

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People in China paying to have “sent from my iPhone” appended to messages
In China, people are taking the old catchphrase, “Fake it till you make it,” to a whole new level. Several merchants are offering services that add the famous “send from my iPhone” line to the end of messages send through QQ, the world’s largest instant messaging tool. The services runs about a $1 a month but requires you to relinquish your username and password to one of these vendors so that they can hack into the account.

With the price of an iPhone 4S well out of reach of many Chinese consumers, these vendors are attempting to provide people with the prestige of owning an iPhone in a price bracket that is realistic. One vendor even went as far as publishing an advertisement that said, “The iPhone is too expensive. If you don’t want to spend that money, then fake it!”

Overall, it seems like a ridiculous service that is intended to take advantage of the less affluent and less educated customer. Also considering the customer is also giving out login credentials, it opens an entire other gateway of potential crime.

source: beyondbrics

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posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:21 1

1. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


First.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:21 13

2. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


What. The. f**k!?

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:23 21

3. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


thats funny. on my phone i have the bottom set to say "NOT sent from some apple iphone garbage"

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:37 10

11. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Hey that's great. I will do the same

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:24 6

4. cybervlad81 (Posts: 83; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


Facepalm

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:25 3

5. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Seriously??? More than likely the people they text are aware of what phone they have, so what's the point?

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:26 16

6. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


If ever we needed further proof that iphones are viewed and bought in stupid frenzys for fashion statements,the teenage need for public acceptance, to look 'cool' and/or for the look at me "I've arrived" "Ive got an iphone" speeches then this messaging tools proves so.

'Not sent from my iphone'

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 10:36

29. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I agree. This proves that the iPhone is a fad more than a device!

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:27 14

7. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Here's a better tittle for this article:

"Stupidity and obsessions just taken to a whole new level, and it's over 9000!!!"

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:29 9

8. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


How many more levels can ifan stupidty rise to???!!!

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:51 5

22. SleepingOz (unregistered)


What's appealing for them is not the iphone on itself but the price they paid for it. They don't actually care if it's overpriced or not, they just want everybody to know that they had the money to buy it. Priced any other phone twice its real price and promote it as a must have, prestigious handset. Same thing will happen! But I do agree it's stupid.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:36 4

9. baaam (Posts: 61; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Stevie what have you done!!!

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 04:10

31. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


so this is the Stevie's Wonder, huh?

sent from my keyboard

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:36 14

10. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Confirmation that the iPhone is more of a status symbol than a smartphone. I still think its a good phone, but buying an iPhone seems more about what other people think then about getting the best phone.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:39 3

12. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Many people view it as the "luxury car" of smartphones.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:02 6

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Really can't imagine why, but that is their right. I think the Acura RDX is a really nice truck, but if given a choice...I would pick a more feature packed truck like the Toyota Sequoia or Honda Pilot. The luxury badge or the appearance of luxury doesn't always mean its the best.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:47 6

13. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I can just laugh at them :)

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:52 5

14. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


hahahaha this is funny

Sent from my IPhone

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 16:54 7

15. checkmymike (Posts: 80; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Stupidity in the highest animal form!

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:05 12

17. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


In China, people who cant afford an iPhone pay a small monthly fee to fake people into thinking they own one. In the US, people who cant afford to own an iPhone....well they just go buy one anyway.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:26 3

18. mrandrewshah (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


Haha very true

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:29 8

19. checkmymike (Posts: 80; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


I remember one time when the Facebook app for ipad, iphone and android generally made a "via mobile" tag in every FB post in the app (instead of the "via iphone", "via ipad", "via android" tag), iphone and ipad users loudly protested this, until fb decided to bring it back.

God, even the "via...." tag in facebook matters to most people! it seems that in most parts of the world, especially in asia, owning an ipad or iphone is a status symbol!

the height of stupidity!

-- via Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, with custom rom Overcome 4.1

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:38 3

20. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


My DROID RAZR lets me place a tag line, if I choose, on every SMS sent. Not worth the Yen, people of CHINA!

Sent from...........the future

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:45 5

21. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


If they want that so bad, why not just type "Sent From My iPhone" at the bottom?

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 17:55 2

23. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Exactly what I was thinking.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 19:45 1

25. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


They might be just as lazy as Americans. Seems they are just as stupid/trendy.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 18:42 3

24. AbsentbebniM (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


Are any of you from China? Anyone? Bueller??

It's so easy to pass judgement of the Chinese population when you don't live as they do.

If adding something so simple can give them the upper hand while looking for a job due to the perception of wealth, I'd say it's well worth the $1.

posted on 25 Mar 2012, 21:03

32. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Sorry, for the late response - this has nothing to do being from CHINA - it has to do with common sense - and people in CHINA are no dumber or smarter than people elsewhere.

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 23:02 2

26. tmcr7 (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


The height the stupidity of the human race. This is worse than global warming.

NOT sent from a stupid is**t gadget

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 01:24

27. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I feel friggin embarrassed to be associated with these people by race...How low does your self-esteem have to be to do something like this?

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 03:36

28. kenemu (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Iam a tech freak, but iproducts never ever appeal to me. Admit that iproducts are stylish and got immense flaunt values, in china particularly. Ive come across many youngsters in china who want iphone so badly that theynwould spend almost 5 times their monthly income to get one. If apples gonna spend some bucks, pleas e be a bit more generous to Foxconn who will in turn improve the lives of those who work round the clock to assemble your iproducts. Very apparently , The chinese got distorted sense of value (if not all of them, at least considerable portion of them), and there is a minoriry of them fancy that US sending the Seals to liberate them. Ummm, iam getting too political here. Final words apple, be nice to your humble suppliers, nothing wrong being the richest corporation, but it makes hell lot of sense too to be more considerate both overseas and domestic.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 17:29

30. m.garz (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)


isheep wannabes lol

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