“Sent from my iPhone” is the new status symbol in China. Here’s how one business is profiting it

We’ve all seen it- that little message at the bottom of an email or text message: “sent from my iPhone”. Apparently this is the new status symbol in China (seems to be in America too, to a degree). The equivalent of driving around in a flashy Mercedes. One that you’re willing to rent just to impress your old friends at your high school reunion. You know what I’m talking about.

Fortunately for the Chinese, there is a new service that will allow you to “rent” that fancy little phrase to be used at the end of your messages, even if you don’t use an iPhone. Merchants in a Chinese consumer-to-consumer market place, Tabao, are offering to make this happen through QQ, a popular instant messaging tool in the country. All it takes is providing the merchants your instant messaging username and password and a subscription of a dollar a month, and your status will instantly be elevated.

It is a little ridiculous to hand over your personal login information to a complete stranger, but hey, the iPhone is expensive, so fake it ’til you make it, right?

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