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

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



1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011


2. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

What. The. f**k!?

3. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

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

11. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Hey that's great. I will do the same

4. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011


5. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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

6. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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'

29. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

7. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Here's a better tittle for this article: "Stupidity and obsessions just taken to a whole new level, and it's over 9000!!!"

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

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.

9. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Stevie what have you done!!!

31. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

so this is the Stevie's Wonder, huh? sent from my keyboard

10. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

12. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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

16. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

13. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I can just laugh at them :)

14. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

hahahaha this is funny Sent from my IPhone

15. checkmymike

Posts: 220; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Stupidity in the highest animal form!

17. redrooster13

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 20, 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.

18. mrandrewshah

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

Haha very true

19. checkmymike

Posts: 220; Member since: Dec 28, 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

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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

21. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

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

23. redrooster13

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Exactly what I was thinking.

25. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

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

24. AbsentbebniM

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 09, 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.

32. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

26. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

The height the stupidity of the human race. This is worse than global warming. NOT sent from a stupid is**t gadget

27. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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?

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