International market: THIS is what is really happening with cell phones

Although European countries are getting wise about the dangers of EMR/EMF and placing warnings on phones, you will not believe how huge the wireless market is getting into Asia and Africa.  This is an excerpt from Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy  by Robert Neuwirth (Pantheon, 2011):
"You wouldn't find the Guangzhou Dashatou Second Hand Trade Center if you weren't looking for it. ... The merchants here are Chinese. But most of the customers are from Africa. ... The economy here, as in almost all haphazard markets around the world, is cash only. All payments are made in yuan, and ... people making big deals carry massive bundles of cash.
"Chief Arthur Okafor, from Lagos, came with a wad of four hundred $100 bills. He had to convert them into almost 3000 100-yuan notes -- a stack large enough that he needed a briefcase to carry it around. Any merchants he bought from knew that if they counted this much money by hand they would likely make mistakes, so almost every kiosk is equipped with a battery-powered currency counter. Each also has several safes.
"There's essentially just one product sold here: mobile phones. According to government figures, China exported 750 million mobile phones last year, but that's only the official number. The phones sold here are unofficial, and despite the name of the market, they are not secondhand at all. Some ... have names like "Sansung," "Motorloa," and "Sany Erickson." But the main business here is counterfeit brand-name phones, which look exactly like the originals. The pirated Nokia N73 [has] a display ... as sharp as the real one. The features all seem to work, at least for now. The price? 600 yuan, or $85, a fifth the cost of a real N73. Of course, there's a discount if you buy in bulk.
"Low prices on name brands mean big profits for people like Chief Arthur, even if they deal in lower-end models. ... Throw in $1000 for an air ticket and another $1000 for incidental expenses. Even if you allocate another $10,000 to ship these phones to Nigeria -- most likely a vast overestimation -- the profit is still extraordinary: 100 percent return on the initial investment.  It was the promise of this kind of profit that drew Chief Arthur back to Guangzhou nine times in the course of two years."
The telecom industry does not care about regulations and awakenings to the dangers of EMR going on in the West.  The populations in these countries are tiny compared to the untapped markets of Asia and Africa, where billions of people are going mobile.  India has ONE SIXTH of the world's population, and cell phone service there is 50 cents a month!  (2010 CNBC documentary on India). The telecom industry is salivating over these markets and most likely doesn't even care much about the rip-off phones ... Imagine the radiation effects on all these people and their health in the years to come. 

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