Iphones are arriving in numbers to my workplace. They are being bought over the internet. I understand an Iphone 4 costs nearly $1000 in Australia. Workmates are buying them over the net from China for $70.
The first chap who bought one told me about them said they were made in China under license to Apple.
The second chap I spoke to was a little more realistic. We examined the phone. Made in California, USA. Odd, because proper Iphones are made in China aren't they?. While this chap had bought one, he was under no illusions about what he bought, a Chinese knock off of an Iphone. While the phone looks and behaves and may well have all the functions of an Iphone, it is quite slow to respond to commands.
But what my foreign workmates like about the their knock off Iphones is that they have dual sim card slots. You can switch between sim cards. They use their normal sim card and a cheap overseas calling sim card. I forget the name now as I don't need to remember it, but one company offers a card that charges a flat 19 cents for unlimited overseas calls to fifty different countries.
Back in the days when a roast chicken was a very expensive meal, even if cooked at home, you also had to book to make an overseas call at peak times and wow, were the calls expensive. Now with their cheap overseas sim cards, workmates can call around sixty different countries with a fee of a flat 19 cents.
From our own phone bill.
International Direct Calls.
UK 39 secs $0.47
UK 11 secs $0.47
UK 15:34 $0.77
Quarter of an hour for seventy seven cents!
Soon they will pay us to make calls.