Innovative Knock-offs

Jan Chipchase argues that Chinese knock-off consumer products (aka shanzhai) are spurring innovation among the manufacturers that they’re ripping off.

For example (and this has been going on for a number of years), shanzhai manufacturers are making dual-SIM-card devices that enable their users to support two operator networks on one phone, making communication cheaper for the user because he or she can bypass roaming charges. Mainstream manufacturers have only recently started offering these types of devices on a large scale. The result has been a global ripple effect, since dual SIM cards undermine the business models on which many operators are based.

The Atlantic – Your Phone Might Be a Knockoff, But Should You Care? (Via frog design)

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