Counterfeit mobile phone industry is on a rise in India. The curved finish, apps, sensors and the camera make it difficult for the consumer to determine the genuineness of the mobile phone. One should be cautious if the such mobile phones are being offered at a fraction of the price.
Recently, India Today TV’s special investigation team has found a market of counterfeit mobile phones. Large number of such fake mobile phones are now manufactured in Delhi.
At Nehru Place, Delhi’s famous market for electronic goods, computer hardware and software, technicians assemble iPhones from smuggled parts and sell them at cheap prices.
After further investigation it was revealed that a technician at a Laptop store in Nehru Place promised to deliver 50 pieces of iPhone’s 6s model for Rs 11,000 a device which is one-third of the original cost. He also gave the investigating team a demonstration of his counterfeiting skills as he opened the handset having the Apple logo. He revealed how smuggled goods are used to make fake handsets.
Another technician said that he can make 30-40 iPhone handsets in a day.
One technician revealed that he can make 30-40 iPhone handsets a day. Many mobile phone stores have become mini-factories of fake iPhones with three people fabricating dozens of pirated devices manually — and without any state-of-the-art equipment.
According to the Authentication Solution Providers’ Association, counterfeit products in the country cause Rs 1 lakh crore of annual losses across various sectors. Trade in pirated goods has risen steadily in the last few years, with volumes in fake products now standing at 3.3 percent of the total global business, the ASPA says.
As early as 2015, Nehru Place was on the United States Trade Representative’s list of notorious markets. But India Today TV’s SIT found some tech impostors at Nehru Place have now graduated from being sellers to manufacturers of counterfeits.