Most of us think imitation is something that started in the 20th century with the peaking of the industrial revolution, and the advent of advertising and marketing. But the truth is, imitation has always been a part of the society as the ‘original’ was only one and was desired by many. Since times immemorial paintings and other artifacts have been reproduced and sold making the world a con man’s paradise. Well, the worst way of getting ripped off today while shopping also attributes to imitation and that is conned into buying a fake product. The industry worst hit is the mobile industry. There are a lot of imitation mobile brands which have flooded the market after a surge in the demand for iPhones and android phones making it difficult at times to differentiate what is real and what is original. Here are a few tips to follow to make the difference clear:
The very first thing to check is the name. A few fake names- Soniericsson, Nokla, Techno and Samsung. Checkout the spelling and logos as they are not differentiable at the first look.
International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) is just like a chassis number of the car. Each IMEI number is distinct from each other and it makes the every handset stand apart. It is a 15 digit number, which you can find by simply dialing *#06# or on the back cover. You could check the authenticity of IMEI number on the website http://www.imei.info/.
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You could check if your iPhone is cloned or not. As iOS is exclusive to Apple and Apple clones are not Java-capable, it is virtually impossible to clone iOS.
Checking the Serial Number
iPhones come with another great feature that could easily spot a fake. Every iPhone comes with a serial number which you could find in ‘about phone’. You check the validity of your iPhone by simply punching the serial number on https://checkcoverage.apple.com/.
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