Thriving black market for Apple iPhones and Apple iPads leads to high theft rate in the "Big Apple"

Thriving black market for Apple iPhones and Apple iPads leads to high theft rate in the
There is a thriving black market for the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad in the "Big Apple" and it employs a range of criminals from the young kids grabbing the devices right out of owners' hands, to those selling stolen Apple iPhones and Apple iPads in locations as far away as the Middle East. In between the street thugs stealing the gadgets, and those selling them, those familiar with smartphones and tablets play an important role by unlocking the iPhones and those iPads that have cellular connectivity to allow them to be sold for use on national or international carriers. An Apple iPhone 4S that might cost as much as $650 without a contract, can go for as low as $300 in the black market.

After being unlocked, the stolen devices are sold to bodegas or are sent overseas. One police source says that the Middle East is the hot location for now. Demand for these hot Apple iPhones and Apple iPads is so strong that the number of Apple devices stolen in New York City this year is already 50% higher than the total for all of 2011. As of August 15th, 4,174 Apple devices have been stolen in New York City this year which is up 55% from the 2,696 stolen at this same time last year.

Starting two weeks ago, AT&T started keeping track of the serial numbers of stolen models and now blocks them from being re-activated on the carrier's pipeline. That has forced the thieves to turn to crooked phone repair shops in the city where the devices are unlocked. One shop offered to unlock as many as 50 stolen Apple iPhones for $35 each.

source: NYPost

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14 Comments

1. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iSwear, iDon't know those two kids in the photos or the two others in the sketch. iThought, this site was politically correct; you're not supposed to indicate race anymore, it's part of the "The New America"!

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

stop drinking the Obama racial kool-aid… not what this country needs again

2. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You are doing it wrong.

3. themayorman

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Who said they were indicating race. Looks like a simple surveillance photo where the alleged perps are what they are - race, color, weight, height, or anything for that matter

4. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

It just shows the these phone companies are spending more on how high tech the are then actually trying to help prevent the stolen phones from being reactivated or put on another carrier. You figure the serial number would be able to be detected on any network and be disabled or bricked. The carriers and phone companies should have something in place to help stop stolen phones from being used. Just my honest opinion.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"Apple devices stolen in New York City this year is already 50% higher than the total for all of 2011." Look like not many will be getting their lost iPhone and iPad back unless you are someone of importants like steve job's widow.

6. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

IPhone and iPad, the next street drug. "Hey man, I need that is**t! I'll sell my kidney or even better, I'll suck your ...!" Then there'll be a movie made called "idiots n the ihood". Its that great!!!

7. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

Apple product can bring catastrophe......... Lol

8. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

I can't believe someone else hasn't said it yet.... "Just another reason to carry an android...."

9. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Hey!! Grand Theft Apple.

10. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Lolzz!! Good one!

11. Seannyc

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

When ppl wants to stole your phone, u kno its have value. I honestly never seem anybody sold an andriod phone no lie. Im using and android currently, so im neutral

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

One of the main reason i use a low end android phone. Why would anyone wants their device to be stolen. idevice theft worthy, brag about it! Right!

14. Seannyc

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

Or I can just wait till my high end andriod phone become a low end or standard phone in 2 month. Way too many andriod phones coming out at once.

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