With the release of the iPhone, Apple changed how people viewed and used smartphones. They offered a whole new world of features and functionality since users could just download and install any app they wanted from the iTunes App Store. But these phones don't come cheap: prices for an unlocked and contract-free iPhone 4S start at $649.
In a sense, they've become a status symbol because only those with a lot of cash to burn can afford them. That's apparently what a lot of people in China think, because there's a new service currently being offered in the country: fake "Sent from my iPhone" tags. Merchants from Taobao, China's version of eBay, are offering an instant messaging tool that adds the tag after each message the user sends for a dollar a month.
Not only is it silly, but it's just plain weird. Imagine how awkward it would be when you actually come face to face with someone you've messaged and they see that you've got a phone that's not an iPhone in your hands. It's pretty pointless and seems like a waste of a good dollar to me. Specially since, you know, you could just change your email signature to "Sent from my iPhone" and get the whole thing done and over with--for free.
Article by Hazel Chua
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