Is there a very easy way to spot chinese fake?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Lindat, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. Lindat macrumors member

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    I am considering purchasing an iphone which the seller says is from China. Box looks normal, ie rectangular, not flat, phone says on the back "designed by Apple in California, assembled in China" but there is no warranty with it as it was a gift. Yet there is this little niggle - because its a Chinese iphone - could it be fake? Can you buy unlocked iphones from China? This one is sim free and states it is factory unlocked. I know you can from Hong Kong, but is it the same in China? Is there a sure-fire way to tell if this is the real thing? It all looks ok from photo. Thanks
     
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  3. pcs are junk macrumors 65816

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    if its recognized by itunes its mostly not fake. try plugging it into itunes. also try downloading from the app store, check settings > general > about > see if anything says something like it cant read it or something. type the serial number in at this website to check if the warranty is still on. it will tell you if its still going or voided, it will also say if its an invalid number.

    https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do
     
  4. McGiord macrumors 601

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    first ask for the serial number
    then if it is too good to be true...it isn't
     
  5. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    Official Chinese iPhones do not support wifi, for example. There is no need to order from China, the risks are far too high. Get one from the US, I think. Also, who knows, how long you can maintain the phone unlocked without upgrading to the most recent software.
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    he doesnt have it....
     
  7. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Physically they will look identical but they will never function the same.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKnkydhhRX8
    The lag and power adapter are the big give aways on this one.

    But that just shows how much they can look alike. The price is also often a give away.
    The interface has some small differences as well.
     
  8. Lindat thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys! Serial number is an excellent idea!
     
  9. pcs are junk macrumors 65816

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    sorry i thought you already had bought it. your first post was a bit confusing to me.
     
  10. Lindat thread starter macrumors member

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    Thought this was clear : I am considering purchasing an iphone ......
    Thanks for everyone's help anyway. I am suspecting this may be a fake due to the low price, but we'll see .....
     
  11. pcs are junk macrumors 65816

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    can you give us the link? i can determine if its fake or not.
     
  12. Lindat thread starter macrumors member

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    Where is serial number?

    OK guys, help now required with the serial number.
    I emailed the guy asking for the serial number and he said he couldn't find it, only the model number: A1303 FCC IDBCGA1303A IC ID 579C-A1303A

    Does this sound like a real iphone?
    Is that a real model number?
    Where should this guy find the serial number?

    It's not looking good so far is it? oh dear, shame.
     
  13. pcs are junk macrumors 65816

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    give me the link, and also tell him to go into settings > general > about, and scroll down to the serial number.
     
  14. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    That isn't a serial number. They are printed on the back of the phone and available from the Settings>General>About. It is possible to buy factory unlocked iphones from Apple's Hong Kong store (I did).
     
  15. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

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    i will just go ahead and say that the guy u are buying this fom is a r-tard!
     
  16. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    The model number is right. But all that means is that they were able to copy some text from a legit iPhone. As thats printed on all iPhones.
     
  17. scottness macrumors 65816

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    Kind of like how the bank tellers can tell a counterfeit. Become very familiar with the originals and you'll do fine. I saw a lot of knock-offs in Vietnam... they're easy to tell.
     
  18. Lindat thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep, the guy hasn't given the serial number, so looks like I've had a lucky escape. Again. There is no such thing as a cheap iphone. I'm learning that fast!
     
  19. Lindat thread starter macrumors member

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    Check this out!

    Sorry "Pc's are junk". I forgot to answer your question.
    The item is on ebay uk, item no. 220555114007.
    I reckon its fake. The guy "can't find" the serial number despite having original packaging and me telling him to look under where sim card goes.
    It's also not got any bids in 3 days with lots of questions asked.
    Seems dodgy to me.
    I'm going to avoid it with a barge pole.
     
  20. matttye macrumors 601

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    The guy has 100% positive feedback with 112 ratings, what are you worried about?

    It says "no returns accepted" but buyers are protected by law if the item is not as described. If you were sold a phone which is not an iPhone, you'd be entitled to a refund by law.

    If you want a cheap iPhone, buy it.
     
  21. nehunte macrumors 6502

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    People forge ebay accounts quite often. Not everything is safe one ebay, even if you do your research on the sellers. Just avoid the whole transaction. If the seller wasn't a fake, he would do a better job of not looking fake.
     
  22. matttye macrumors 601

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    I didn't say everything is safe - I said that even if you get scammed you would be entitled to a refund if the item isn't as described.

    Also, he doesn't look fake at all to me. The iPhone is an unwanted upgrade, so he probably wouldn't know where to find the serial number..
     
  23. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    serial no is not printed on back of my phone, only physical place it's on phone is in sim tray.

    or in settings/general/about. or on box.

    but not phone.
     

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