Nigeria to pull the plug on 12 million knock-off phones
The battle to take shameless clones and counterfeit phones off the market has taken a new twist in Nigeria.
The West African nation has decided the best way to curb this type of phones is to disconnect over 12.6 million counterfeit mobile phones connected to the country’s GSM frequencies via the four major carriers in the region namely MTN, Airtel, Etisalat and Glo.
The move will see a drastic loss at the consumer side but the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) claims that it was done to protect consumers and stop the government and genuine manufacturers from loosing money.
The head of SON, Joseph Odumodu, said that every year, Nigerians spend about $30.7 million in buying these fake phones and that the counterfeit phone user base in Nigeria has 126,958,904 subscribers.