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6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by bravesoul247(m): 7:07pm On Dec 02, 2019
The smartphone market in recent times has become saturated with fake phones and many unsuspecting buyers have been scammed into buying fake phones for the price of an original one. Fake phones especially Android phones have become so rampant that one wonders if phone dealers are deliberately taking advantage of their customers.

Some of these fake phones in the market are the so called ‘UK or London Used Phones’ and fairly used phones, there are also fake new phones but they don’t seem to be as many as the used phones. Before, it was mainly top phone brands worldwide such as TECNO, Samsung, Nokia, iPhone, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, Huawei and others that had many imitations but now even smaller brands such as Infinix, Gionee, Innjoo and Itel are also been faked.

Most of these fake phones match the original phones almost exactly in design and since most phone buyers are not tech savvy, they are very easily deceived. Many people do not know they bought a fake phone until after a while when they probably meet someone with the original version of the phone and find huge differences between their phone and the original. Even small phones popularly called ‘Torchlight phones’ have fake versions, Chai, dia ris God o!

1) The best way to know a fake phone is by testing its camera. It takes quite a lot of work to build a quality phone camera and it seems most fake phone manufacturers cannot replicate original cameras.
Take pictures with the phone’s cameras, both back and front cameras but especially the back camera and compare them with pictures captured by the original phone’s camera. The best way to compare is to search online for pictures taken with the phone’s camera, a simple Google search can be your saviour from buying a fake phone. Take videos also with the camera and compare the video quality with the original phone’s videos.

2) Another way to detect if a phone is fake, although it is not fool proof is to check the phone grammar thoroughly, I realized that most fake phones have some misspellings, they might be difficult to find but with patience and thorough usage, you will find them.

3) You should also check for the phone’s specifications and features online and compare them to the phone you want to buy, if even one thing is missing, it most likely means the phone is fake, please note that a phone might have several different models with slightly different specs so to be sure, know the exact model you are buying. For example Samsung A3 might be available in two different models, one may be using a Snapdragon Processor and have 3 GB RAM and the other model might be using an Exynos Processor with 4 GB RAM so ask the seller to be sure.

4) Go with a SIM card which has internet subscription on it so that you can test the phone’s internet connectivity and ability to download, update and run apps. Some fake phones have problems connecting to the internet especially with the Airtel network, so I advise that you use the Airtel network to test all apps and try downloading some apps from the Google Play Store.

5) You can also check if a phone is fake by checking its IMEI number on IMEI checking websites. If the phone is original, a search of its IMEI number should return the Phone’s model and year of manufacture. I’m not sure if this is applicable to all phone brands though, I know for sure that it is applicable to big brands such as TECNO, Samsung, Sony etc.

6) For phones which have special features such as Smart Assistants like Siri, S-Voice, Gestures such as Air Gesture, Air View, etc. Make sure you test every special feature the original phone should have and ensure the features are working properly before you buy the phone. For new phones, also check and test all accessories and make sure that they are complete and working well.

Never be in a hurry to but a phone, always make comparisons. With these tips, no one should fall victim of these evil fake phone manufacturers and sellers. Good luck in your next phone purchase.

Source: https://www.naijatechhub.com/2017/03/know-fake-phone.html

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by SofttBae: 3:01pm On Dec 04, 2019
Thanks for this.. I've Never fallen into wrong hands tho. All the phones I've gotten are original

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Nobody: 3:19pm On Dec 04, 2019
Apt/awesome tips! Thumbs up.

I once fell a victim of a fake samsung phone!....i've been on the look-out for the criminal couple that sold it to me.
I met them on this forum and
i hope they live to tell the gory story by the time i catch-up with them!

#too many criminals litters the shithole!,,,,leaders & followers alike.

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by gbangban1: 3:52pm On Dec 04, 2019
Thanks @ op, I av once bought one b4, within 3 to 4 hours I discovered that the phone is fake oh, I return it instantly, seller tell me said Oga shine your eye ohhh, next tym

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Yyvonne: 12:27pm On Dec 05, 2019
Nice, I've not been a victim sha. I know the stores I go to to get a phone.

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by tafat: 11:53pm On Dec 05, 2019
Thanks for the tips @op, this is great information, though I still feel its best to buy your phones from designated retail sales outlets that way you avoid stories that touch

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by BeLookingIDIOT(m): 7:13am On Dec 06, 2019
In summary: avoid buying from flatînos

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by jbrusgy: 7:13am On Dec 06, 2019
Nice Info
Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Sukueponmalu: 7:14am On Dec 06, 2019
Lol
I can tell any fake phone by merely operating the phone for a minute.

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by qanda: 7:15am On Dec 06, 2019
Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:15am On Dec 06, 2019
tafat:
Thanks for the tips @op, this is great information, though I still feel its best to buy your phones from designated retail sales outlets that way you avoid stories that touch
This is the best way to go.

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Alpha001: 7:16am On Dec 06, 2019
BeLookingIDIOT:
In summary: avoid buying from flatînos

You got a nice name. It reveals a lot about you

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Conceptman: 7:16am On Dec 06, 2019
Lots of refurbish phones in the market. Most of them will put 4G on the body of the phone but you will be shocked when u want to use the internet, na just 2G and how do you want to enjoy the internet on a 2G network, that's why it's advisable you go with ur Sim and try the internet on it

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by ImpregnaTor(m): 7:17am On Dec 06, 2019
na wah o, nothing prick no go see inside pussy

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Renforce: 7:18am On Dec 06, 2019
Apt



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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Nobody: 7:18am On Dec 06, 2019
Op is like u have not bought phone b4 at Computer Village Lagos, Ring Road Benin, Phone Market Maiduguri, Zone 2 Abuja, Those guys there will still trick u with all these ur methods nd still give u fake phone without u knowing
Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by iCauseTrouble: 7:19am On Dec 06, 2019
As much as possible, avoid buying from roadside sellers and buy from trusted shops that have their names to protect and you can easily walk up to for refund.
Avoid buying phone that the price is far less than the regular known price.

If you follow these 2 rules, your chance of buying a fake phone will be limited

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by KB007: 7:20am On Dec 06, 2019
Tecno..... Seriously?? undecided undecided



Before, it was mainly top phone brands worldwide such as TECNO, Samsung, Nokia, iPhone, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, Huawei and others that had many imitations but now even smaller brands such as Infinix, Gionee, Innjoo and Itel are also been faked.

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Marvieduke(f): 7:20am On Dec 06, 2019
So as my eyes wide reach person go carry fake phone give me for market. chaiiiiii I will have to visit okija shrine for that person
Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by ibnjimoh(m): 7:21am On Dec 06, 2019
All those checking no be for this niger oo some pple just buy fone wey dem see say the design dey ok dem sabi nothing abt genuine one
Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Opayguyy(m): 7:21am On Dec 06, 2019
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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Nobody: 7:21am On Dec 06, 2019
top phone brands worldwide like TECNO....
Big brand such as TECNO....


TECNO Ad spotted.

TECNO is no way a worldwide or big brand. No way!

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by drjprince: 7:22am On Dec 06, 2019
KB007:
Techno..... Seriously?? undecided undecided



Before, it was mainly top phone brands worldwide such as TECNO, Samsung, Nokia, iPhone, HTC, Sony, LG, Motorola, Huawei and others that had many imitations but now even smaller brands such as Infinix, Gionee, Innjoo and Itel are also been faked.
Asin eeeh how can they fake tecno phone that is already fake and substandard

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by ybalogs(m): 7:22am On Dec 06, 2019
How do we detect fake people first? Only fake people will attempt to sell fake phones.

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by annayawchee: 7:22am On Dec 06, 2019
Long story.... The best way to know a fake phone, Look at the phone pack if it doesn't have any network bonus ( MTN $ 9mobile) it's fake..

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by Obaiyski(m): 7:23am On Dec 06, 2019
You should understand about phone processor. Because they always use mediatak processors in cloning those fake phones

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by ybalogs(m): 7:23am On Dec 06, 2019
drjprince:
Asin eeeh how can they fake tecno phone that is already fake and substandard
Really? We just keep lying to ourselves in the name of brands. Tecno phones ain't that bad my brother.

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Re: 6 Ways To Detect A Fake Phone by realstars: 7:29am On Dec 06, 2019
Fake phone or no fake, its not my problem.

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