Chinese users are sending updates and messages on the highly popular instant messaging service like Tencent QQ in China, generally referred to as QQ using their phones that are mostly Android based. However, some are paying dubious ‘hackers’ to change their status message from their Android devices to “Sent from my iPhone” or “Sent from iPhone QQ”.
Reports says that the users are buying subscription from numerous sellers at the Chinese ecommerce site Taobao that charges around 8 Yuan ($1.25) a month for this service. The service is only available for Android users for Chinese users to give an impression that they are using iPhone to send status messages on QQ rather than their usual Android gadgets.
In China you can buy a China made Android phone for less than $100 a piece and original iPhone retail price is around 3800 Yuan ($600) a big price difference that makes anyone having an iPhone to be an envy of their peers.
The process of enjoying this service however is a little risky for personal security since the user’s need to give the seller of the service his own QQ login credentials that they will use to change the users avatar on the QQ service with a little iPhone logo and alter some settings. A tweaked QQ app software will then be given to the one paying the subscription and voila his/her vanity will be shown to his friends over the Tencent QQ network.