Difference between original and fake iphone 4s

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by MG4, May 29, 2012.

  1. MG4 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2012
    hello mates, im MG4 here.

    i have some problem in indentifying the original and the fake iphone 4s. my seller is from a company from China who claims that they are selling original apple products. their price also cheap. when i asked about it, they said they are one of the wholeseller. the item that they showed in the webcam looks exactly as iphone. they also giving me 3 years warranty which is 1 year warranty from apple and remaining 2 years from they company. i saw the box and the sets. behind the box stated designed in Apple California, Assembled in China. the seller also gave me model number which is A1387. they also guarantees its and original phone and if i can find out its fake, then they said they will refund the full payment.

    Please advise on this issue guys....
  2. RodThePlod macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2005
    Proceed with caution.

    You cannot seriously expect to tell the difference between a real and fake iPhone over a webcam. And what's to stop them showing you a real iPhone and box, but sending you something completely different?

    If their price seems too good to be true, then it probably is... ;)

  3. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    If it's not directly from Apple, then don't buy it. Especially if you want a new device.
  4. doodads macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2007
    East BF, TN
    You can bet that anything sold from China is fake. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  5. MG4 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2012
    I have another seller who mail me the pics of the iphone 4s that they are selling. at the back of the box i saw the serial number and when i check in the apple website, the serial is valid and have not activated yet. is that ok?
  6. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    The question is, are you willing to risk it? I'm not saying all things in China a fake, but you need to consider that if it is a fake, don't expect a refund coming your way.
  7. maira macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2012
    how would someone identify

    is there any clear way to identify between fake and real iphone ?? i had the same incident once when i was walking around in a cell phone market, a guy suddenly came in front on me and started saying that he has a brand new iphone which he has found somewhere. he wanted to sell it to me and to be very honest i also wanted to go for the deal, he was just asking for few 1000 bucks but the problem was---i didn't recognize whether its real one or fake. it was looking like a pure Apple iphone still i didnt get that.

    now my question is how would someone recognize between real and fake ??
  8. MG4 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2012
    As far as i know, when u see at the back of the phone, if it is written the capacity of the phone inside a small rectangle, thats consider fake
  9. ahmedfathy01110 macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2012
    Iphone is made in usa. so, if you buy it cheap that should be from the usa not from different country. Iphone from china a fake and very cheap
  10. SleekB macrumors member


    May 28, 2012
    go with your gut feeling. if you screw up you will learn.
    i wouldnt buy an iphone like that if i were you but its your money do your thing
  11. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    Buy it and let us know how good the China fakes are.
  12. MG4 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2012
    Check this site guys,

    Planning to get it from here.
  13. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    You are either a fool or a spammer.
  14. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    Please don't sell a kidney to buy an iPhone.

    Good luck.

    No iPhone is made in the US.
  15. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Looks like you have a fake iPhone.
  16. SleekB macrumors member


    May 28, 2012
    true that.
  17. EngageWithRage macrumors 6502


    Jan 30, 2012
    Your girlfriend's house
    I always buy items i find on the net locally.or from a trusted source. gotta be really wary of those kinds of scams
  18. maira macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2012
    what else ??? is it the only way to choose between fake and a real one ??? any idea guys, how would you identify a fake i-phone or a real one ? something apart from a "capacity quote"
  19. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007

    They are getting better at making these 'look' the part.

    Sometimes its only when the phone is in your hands and you boot it up that it becomes apparent that its not of good quality build, not IOS and it won't hook up to iTunes.

    Like others have said if you want the real deal then either buy from apple or take a contract out with your network who will supply an iPhone. Purchase off a friend or colleague or buy from a high street store that deal in 2nd hand iPhones !

    Be safe not sorry !
  20. Teamholmes86 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2012
    I agree you can only tell a fake when you have it in your hands plus to answer someones question (buy one and tell us what they are like) the fakes ones say they can do all this stuff when they can't they are not smartphones they hardly work can't watch utube videos, load webpages, touch screens hardly works and no apps, battery dies after five mins, and last about a week befor ********* up they are cheap Chinese c**p and the real iPhones are desined by apple in America and put together in china they are not made in china.
    There are so meny Chinese scammers out there just rember if the price is to good to be true then it's a fake and don't be tempted to buy one a fake because they are cheap rubbish
  21. deivess macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    sz-bksy.com is a Scam Web

    Hi LxHunter,

    That web is a scam, I pay $258.00 for one Ipad and I receive 2 presentation cards. :mad: That is a bad idea.
  22. george-brooks macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China."

    Even the real ones are made in China!
  23. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    Be weary there are a lot of knockoffs from China!


    Obviously when he turns it on you can tell it's fake by the way the screen looks and how slow and laggy it is... but for a moment, it comes off as real (at least in a physical sense)

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