How to spot a fake phone

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Fake phones producers imitate Distinct part of branded phones to make their products appear genuine. Things such as the logos, branding and packaging can be copied, thus making it difficult to identify if a phone is fake or genuine.


It is always advisable to buy mobile phones from trusted sellers with a guarantee of their product, but with the invention of internet shopping platforms such as Jumia, AliExpress and thereabouts, one may not see this as an option.


It’s is common to find Phones with names like Sumsing, Nocia among others. It’s also common to find a Nokia phone but with a start up ringtone of a Tecno phone. These and many others are examples of fake phones that have infiltrated our markets.

Below, we’ve discussed vital tips on how to spot a fake phone


Research about your prospective phone


 this is very important role you have to play. It’s always advisable to run a background check on your prospective phone, you can either go to the manufacturer’s website to check the specifications of the phone or you visit some trusted website, with prior knowledge of the phone you won’t be a victim of buying a fake phone.


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Check your phone’s specification using a third-party app.

With apps such as antutu benchmark , you can test your device speed and also get full specifications of your phone. Just go to playstore, download the app and run a check on the device.

Check the serial number

Perhaps you use an iPhone, you can easily check check the authenticity of your phone by using its serial number, to get an iPhone serial number, simply go to settings > general > about phone. Once you’ve gotten the serial number, go to www.apple.com and input the serial number, If the system says “We’re sorry, but this serial number is not valid,” then it’s likely your phone is fake.


Price 


If the price sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Counterfeit
 mobile phone batteries and chargers are made from cheap substandard components allowing them to be produced at a fraction of the price of genuine products.

Also, counterfeiters don’t have to invest in product research, design and safety testing. They don’t pay government taxes, import fees and are not bound by fair trade or minimum wage regulations for their employees.
All these factors mean fakes can be sold at a much lower price than a genuine product.


Check your phone’s IMEI.

IMEI ( International Mobile equipment identity) is a unique set of numbers used to identify valid mobile devices. Having run a background check on your proposed mobile device you should conversant with your phone manufacturer’s valid IMEI numbers. 

When it comes to android, the IMEI can be found on the back of your phone, or better still go to settings> about > status. You can also dial *#06# on your phone to display your IMEI. Then check if it corresponds with the company’s IMEI numbers

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Getting a fake phone and yet your intention was to buy the original one is very frustrating. Follow the tips outlined above to avoid such scenarios