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.