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.
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.
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.
Check your phone’s IMEI.
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
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