As with so many things in Africa the people here often simply make do.
When it comes to Africa, Apple’s website lists a a number of countries where the iPhone is officially available from South Africa to Egypt, Kenya to Senegal. One country which is not on the list is Tanzania, which is surprising since they love their phones here. Even the poorest Tanzanian I’ve met has one and vendors on the streets of Kariokoo market in Dar es Salaam sell credit for as little as 500 Tsh (0.20 cents) for all the networks.
I’m pretty sure it’s legal to clone an iPhone — many other vendors now have ‘touch’ interfaces — but I’m not too sure Apple would be pleased about seeing their logo on the back of this gadget. Still, I don’t think Steve Jobs should worry too much, at 200,000 Tsh ($110) it’s way out of the reach of most people here.
You will note also in the above video that the Chinese iPhone has a SIM card. A distinct advantage over the device from which it was cloned. No lock-ins here in Africa and no need to jailbreak your device. Hear hear!