A Shenzhen workshop has been busted for making and selling fake iPhone5s running the Android operating system, Guangzhou based Nanfang Daily reported on Thursday.
The Luohu prosecutor’s office announced that the workshop had more than 10 people making around 300 of the fake phones each day, according to the report. The phones looked almost identical to the iPhone 5 - except they run on an Android system and constantly malfunction.
Each phone was sold for around 200 yuan (HK$380).
The prosecutor confirmed the arrest of two men, surnamed Guo and Wang, believed to be behind the operation. A third man, named Hu, who provided the fake trimmings with Apple’s trademark logo, remains a suspect at large.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the suspects took a lease on a subterranean floor on an industrial building in the city’s east and began manufacturing the phones in May this year.
After receiving a tip-off from the market regulatory authorities in late August, Luo Hu’s public security bureau visited the site and arrested Guo and Wang, seizing more than 300 phones in various stages of completion.
In three months of production, the workshop had made more than 10,000 phones. By August, they had made almost 3 million yuan.