MetroPCS burglary adds to the smartphone underground

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The underground for smartphones is alive and thriving thanks to the underhanded middlemen that roam across geographical and legal borders to make a quick buck on vital technology. Be it in secret employee circles or a la carte smash-and-grabs, the circle of strife goes on.

In Hong Kong, one interception by customs saw 891 Chinese-made smartphones taken off the market. It was the largest of four seizures made since the year began with the whole kit and kaboodle worth about $900,000.

Just this past Sunday, a Pasadena, California, MetroPCS store was broken into during the dark of the pre-dawn hours. Three burglars smashed through the glass door, proceeded to relieve the store of 90 phones and made off. A police investigation is ongoing.

If you’re on the eBay or internet trading circuit, do check IMEIs and make sure you’re not holding a bag.

Source: South China Morning Post, MyNewsLA, KABC-TV
Via: TmoNews

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.