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12.13.2012 12:52

Mobile Phones Souring Africa's Image of China

Legitimate as well as dodgy businesses have flooded East Africa with millions of low-cost handhelds, for good and bad
by staff reporter Shen Hu

(Nairobi) – Every day, about a dozen mobile phone wholesalers field orders and manufacturer offers from offices inside a nondescript, five-story building on Luthuli Avenue in downtown Nairobi.

The building doesn't look like a hub for global commerce, nor does it have a name. But the Chinese wholesalers inside have sold millions of knockoff and budget-priced handhelds to Kenyans and the consumers across East Africa in recent years.

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