Man attempts to smuggle 94 iPhones by strapping them on like "body armour"

Man attempts to smuggle 94 iPhones by strapping them on like "body armour"

A Hong Kong man has been arrested at Futian Port, Shenzhen on Jan 11 after customs officials discovered that he was trying to smuggle 94 iPhones into China.

He had reportedly strapped the phones, which included the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus models, around his torso, thighs, calves and crotch with a combination of plastic bags and masking tape, reported The Verge.

The technique has been referred to as "iPhone armour".

According to The Huffington Post, the man had been caught in part because of his "weird walking posture, joint stiffness and muscle tension." Such "mobile armours" are a fairly common tactic used by mobile phone smugglers, reported Sina News.

The latest iPhone models have been available in China for some time, but smuggling remains common for stolen phones. Supply in China is limited and contracts for the phones from legitimate dealers such as China Mobile are expensive compared to devices from Chinese manufacturers, reported The Telegraph.

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