If you cannot have it or make it, then fake it.
This is what many people say about things that they cannot afford.
And this is what many people in China are doing.
People are paying one dollar a month to add a “sent from my iPhone” to every message they send. They are doing this because they cannot afford a real iPhone.
Here is the advertisement from one of the vendors who offers this service, as found by the Financial Times’ Kathrin Hille:
The iPhone is too expensive. If you don’t want to spend that money, then fake it!
People using this fake iPhone signature service are users of QQ, the world’s largest messaging tool. It is extremely popular in China.
Apparently, most people in China cannot spend the $791 for the basic iPhone, but due to popularity that iPhone has in China, they want to appear as they have one. Not only they are willing to pay money, but they are also willing to give their QQ passwords in order to make these services to work.