Speaking of the Wü and copy culture in China, Silicon Alley Insider reports that, while the iPhone is selling like hotcakes in China (600,000 by the end of 2007), the “HiPhone” is (probably) selling like firepies (our word). The iPhone knock-off is practically indistinguishable from the real thing (see the video). It features two SIM slots, two batteries, no contract, an unknown amount of memory, and triband GSM. The real difference is the price, a meager $239 compared to $520 for the iPhone. That is a tempting alternative for those not on the growing upper class. The average urban worker in China only makes RMB 1,750 ($248) per month.

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