Does the black market in China pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone? 52.com has posted an interesting article on topic …
Shades of gray in China’s ’black’ handset market
CEC Telecom’s Q130, a fake Apple iPhone that was the subject of a recent Semiconductor Insights teardown analysis (see story, page 4), is not included in black-market tallies. Rather, it is viewed as a local OEM product. CEC Telecom is “a major brand” in China, said BDA analyst Flora Wu, and iSuppli’s Teng agreed.
But just because the Q130 is not sold on the black market doesn’t mean its developer is not violating Apple’s intellectual property rights.
…. Teng of iSuppli also took issue with the assessment that counterfeits of Apple’s iPhone threaten to surpass the original. Pointing out the clones’ lack of a multi-touchscreen and of Wi-Fi support, she said, “Chinese OEMs want to get more bang for the buck. Adding a multitouch display wouldn’t be cost-effective enough. Second, Wi-Fi is still expensive–and to my knowledge, Wi-Fi functionality is being disabled when Wi-Fi-enabled handsets are shipped to China, as requested by the government.”