Samsung Supporting Efforts to Clamp Down on Phone Smuggling
Published on: 8th Jun 2014
Samsung has started a campaign in Botswana, supported by the local telecoms regulator, the clamp down on handset smuggling.
As part of a wider international Buy Genuine campaign, the project aims to emphasise the benefits and added value of buying genuine Samsung brand products.
The company's local country manager noted that only phones purchased from official supplies would be covered by the company's 2-year warranty and that would be valid in any Samsung dealership.
An SMS facility has also been set up so that potential buyers can text the handset IMEI to a local number and get back a message confirming it is a legitimately imported phone, or one that may have been smuggled in to the country.
The latest campaign follows on from efforts by the regulator last year to clamp down on fake phones being sold in the country -- known locally as "fong kong" handsets.
Anyone caught smuggling fake phones in the country faces up to 10 years in jail.