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I don't need to eat as long as I have my iphone

Popularity 1Viewed 1681 times 2015-1-13 10:30 |System category:Life| iphone, junk, Chinese, ridiculous

Walking through customs with the gait of Iron Man may not exactly work out—who knew? Customs officers at Futian Port in China stopped a guy who had an odd walk and allegedly found 94 hidden iPhones strapped to his body, Gizmodo reports. According to a Chinese social media site, officers spotted his "weird walking posture, joint stiffness, [and] muscle tension" and made him pass through a metal detector, which revealed the phones. "The result is what looks like body armor fashioned from phones, including an iPhone loincloth of sorts," quips CNET. (See it here.) The still-unidentified man was traveling from Hong Kong, where iPhones are either cheaper or easier to obtain on the black market, the Huffington Post reports. 


They sure aren't cheap in China, where people pay around $872 for an unlocked 16GB iPhone 6That's hard to afford in a country where the average salary is $4,755. 


Buying a phone through an operator like China Mobile or China Unicorn is easier because they offer mobile-operator subsidies, the Financial Post notes, but the Telegraph reports that even then there's often limited supply. And smuggled iPhones may be no better, considering CNET's report that smuggled iPhone 6's have been known to sell there for over $2,400


As for the alleged smuggler, he appeared to have mostly second-hand 5S models along with a few 6 and 6 Pluses. He could face up to seven years in prison and a fine of $260,000. At least he'll be about 30 pounds lighter without all that tech hardware strapped to his body. 

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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