For those who are looking for the real thing, there are some ways to make sure you get what you pay for. So arm yourself with these tips to avoid the headache that comes with getting ripped off.
- Look at the price . One of the most obvious things to do. If the Smartphone you’re about to buy has a very low price tag, there’s something wrong with it. The original iPhone 6 has a starting price of $649, so if have the chance to get one for a lot less than this, it’s very likely for you to deal with a fake one.
- Check the IMEI . The International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, or IMEI, is a unique number which can be found by dialing *#06# or by going to Settings > General > About. Make sure the display IMEI is the same with the one printed on the back cover and on the box too. If they don’t match, you’re holding a fake iPhone.
- Check and Test Touch screen, Battery, Card slot, Memory Space. There are some visual features that all authentic iPhones have, regardless of the model. For example, pretty much everyone know that iPhones have touch screens. But what you may not be aware of is that the touch screens react only to objects that conduct electricity (aka : your finger). Authentic iPhones have only one SIM card slot, and the batteries are not replaceable by you, the user. In other words, you will need to go to an official Apple store if your battery needs to be replaced for some reason. No iPhone has increasable memory – whatever memory capacity you buy it at, that’s it. The text on the back of your iPhone should always list a model number, and IC ID, and the phrase “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China”. And the most visually obvious sign that an iPhone is fake ? If it comes in any other colour except black or white.
- Check The Operating System. Since iOS is a closed- source operating system, it can only be used on iPhones, iPad and iPods. Still there are cheap Chinese copies which are running older version of Androids, so before buying, make sure that the phone is using the real iOS so you don’t end up with a fake iPhone.
- Carrier Connectivity. The original iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3 GS were only available on the AT&T network. AT&T is a GSM network, and only one of two such network in the country – the other being T-Mobile. If you purchase any of these earlier iPhone models and it’s designed for a CDMA network, such a Verizon or Sprint, it’s not an original. Any discrepancies between hardware and connectivity indicate that the iPhone is not original.
- Syncing. If you purchase an iPhone that is unable to connect to iTunes or is not recognized by iTunes it could be a fake. Before coming to this conclusion, ensure that your iTunes and iOS software are both up to date. If you cannot sync information between your iPhone and your computer, attempt to restore your iPhone through iTunes. An iPhone that doesn’t connect to iTunes or the app store after being restored is either fake or damaged.
These would be just a few tips which can help you, but we’re open for suggestion. So if you know any other tips which can help us spot a fake iPhone, share them..!!