A Samsung Galaxy S7 was seized from a Category D male lag in August 2015, over eight months before the phone was released.
According to data obtained by Mobile provided no information on how the unreleased device made its way into one of the UK’s jails but a key trend amongst other phones seized was their slim profile.
This lets the phones to be hidden easily during prison searches. However it is not clear how the prisoner was one of the first people in the world to get their hands on the phone, and also one of the first to have it nicked.
While other previous flagships were also discovered as contraband, including two iPhone 5s, an iPhone 4 and a Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S7 is certainly the newest.
In fact the phone of choice for crims is the Samsung E1200 with the Samsung E range accounting for a third of all confiscated devices.
Samsung appears to have 57 percent of the market share amongst illicit prison phone users.
In one month alone, 30 phones in total were seized from Category D English male prisons, which is one seizure per 90 prisoners.
Other models seized were the Alcatel 1040x, a BMW style key fob phone, the Samsung Galaxy Young 2, the Nokia 105, the Vodafone 340 and the Yamayahoo BM50. Few choose an Apple of course – prisoners are already walled up, there is no way they want to repeat that in their phone experience.
Owning a mobile device is a criminal offence in prison and can lead to an additional two-year sentence for those caught, but Her Majesty’s prison service says it is often difficult to discover which prisoner handsets belong to.