The Art Of Smuggling The iPhone. Kinda.

January 13, 2015

When you stick 94 iPhones to your body, people tend to notice

It seemed like the perfect plan. A plot to smuggle iPhones into China armed with a magical blend of cling film, plastic bags and masking tape.

A 22 year-old man was stopped at Futian Port in China after authorities noticed his weird walking posture, joint stiffness and muscle tension.  He set off a metal detector and was immediately searched. Found attached? A massive 94 iPhones fixed to his body with cling film and sticky tape — a technique referred to in the trade as “iPhone armour”.


The man wore the iPhones taped together across his torso, thighs, calves, and groin. He had each phone individually placed in plastic bags, then lashed together with masking tape. The 94 iPhones ranged from the 5s, 6, and 6 Plus models.

While kind of an ironic given that the iPhone is made in China, smuggling iPhones into mainland China is a booming black market trade since they retail for far higher than in Hong Kong.

According to reports, the man’s pick was worth more than 300,000 Yuan, nearly 180,000 Dirhams.

Moral of the story? If you’ve set your mind on getting into the iPhone smuggling business, try not to walk like Robocap after one too many.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering.  Reach him at: