UAE regulator spearheads fake iPhone 6 clampdown
TRA issues warning to consumers as authorities seize counterfeit handsets
The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) today announced the conclusion of an investigation into reports of counterfeit Apple iPhone 6 handsets being sold in the Gulf nation, which ended in a nationwide seizure of fake phones.
"In co-operation with concerned parties, the UAE TRA conducted an official investigation into reports of illegal and counterfeit iPhone 6 handsets on sale in the UAE," the ICT regulator said in a statement.
"As a result of the investigation, a series of counterfeit iPhone 6 handsets have been confiscated in various locations across the UAE."
The TRA also issued a series of recommendations to the nation's consumers to "generate awareness of the trade of such illegal devices and to prevent the purchase of them".
The TRA's purview covers a wide range of IT and communications areas, from computer hardware to carrier oversight and Internet policy. Its brief includes the sale of unlicensed goods.
TRA advised consumers to only purchase iPhones from official Apple retailers and to check the official Apple website to ensure feature-sets match a handset's box and packaging before buying. The TRA also urged consumers to keep the receipt and inform the police immediately should they discover a device to be counterfeit.
The regulator warned that counterfeit iPhone 6 handsets would be unable to connect to iTunes.