Fake phones cost manufacturers millions of cedis

Counterfeit phones are normally concealed as part of high quality mobile handsets imported into the country via the Kotoka International Airport, Kwame Annor, a dealer of low-cost phones in Adum, a suburb of Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, hinted to this reporter.

The demand for high end quality mobile handsets has opened up a new market genuine mobile manufacturers are particularly enthused about. Apart from these phones offering cheap alternatives to genuine manufacturers, they also imitate the make of these handsets which are relatively more expensive.

These phones are normally concealed as part of high-quality phones that found their way through the various entry points of the country. The abolition of tax on these handsets has made relatively easier for these smugglers to outwit authorities.

These phones normally come from countries in the Middle East as well as China. As they enter the country, they are fairly distributed throughout the country by their suppliers. The popular places where these phones (shops) are sighted are Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi.

Due to their inferior nature, these phones come with peculiar problems that border on its safety to the user. Although the main communication regulator, National Communications Authority maintains that the there are standards for mobile handsets, this reporter found that most of these phones don’t meet those standards.

By Richard Annerquaye Abbey.

Published February 12, 2013 on Myjoyonline.com.

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