UAE cracks down on fake iPhone 6 smartphones

UAE operator du said it has enough Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones to meet strong demand for the devices, amid warnings of counterfeit versions being sold in the market.

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In a statement, du noted it has "a sufficient quantity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones" available at its stores, and that it is constantly monitoring stock levels to ensure any gaps in its supply are "replenished as necessary" to meet demand for each model of Apple's latest smartphones.

The operator statement came after UAE regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), warned it has found several illegal and counterfeit versions of the Apple devices on sale in the market. The TRA found the devices during an investigation prompted by reports of fake units being sold.

While the TRA has confiscated "a series of counterfeit iPhone 6 handsets…in various locations across the UAE," the regulator warned the public to be vigilant and only buy the smartphones from official dealers, including operator and Apple retail stores.

According to the TRA, the public should also check Apple's official website to ensure handset features match those advertised on packaging. Consumers should also keep their receipt as proof of purchase, and inform the police if they discover the device they have bought is a fake.

The regulator also noted that counterfeit iPhone 6 models "will not be able to connect to iTunes."

In a statement, the TRA said it issued the advice following "the demand from the UAE public for the iPhone 6 handset."

While it is hard to pin down exactly how many of the devices were ordered in the UAE, a du source told FierceWireless:Europe the operator sold hundreds of the smartphones within hours of it going on sale on Sept. 27.

Local retailers say supplies of Apple's latest models have been limited, Gulf Business reported.

Apple reported that global demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus broke its sales records with 10 million units sold in the first weekend of availability.

For more:
- read the TRA statement
- see du's statement
- read this Gulf Business article
- view Apple's iPhone 6 sales announcement

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