Is this a real iPhone or a replica?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Hellenek, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. Hellenek macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2007
    I've been monitoring Ebay UK and I'm seeing some increasingly clever iPhone replicas that are being snapped up by some gullible buyers. Some like this I'm not so sure. Looks fake. Doesn't add up. I'm I wrong?
  2. Meecrob macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2006
    New England
    something is weird. see those weird icons near the bottom of the screen? and the case saying "ipod"? not cool.
  3. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    It is fake. The iPod icons at the bottom are the giveaway - they are not permanent on the real iPhone.

    Take a perusal through Engadget's "Keeping It Fake" files - the Chinese are pushing out PMPs that look like the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the new iPod Nano ("Fatty") by the score. I think I saw that model. :)
  4. BigDaddy5 macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2006
    It's a fake. The accessories don't match what comes with the iPhone (black charger), there appears to be a separate battery, not an integrated one, there are buttons on the screen above the "home" button, something that doesn't happen on the iPhone when the screen is off. The box isn't the right box either.
  5. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
  6. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Only 1 negative feedback in 55 transactions, not too bad.

    Seller only accepts PayPal so you can get a refund if things go ti*s up .... :)
  7. herodian macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2007
    sitting down with warm legs
    man, that buyer is gonna be so pissed when he gets that through.
  8. Hellenek thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2007
    Ohlalala. He also sold these. Wonder what's in those boxes.

    This guy's on a roll, he's got other similar auctions here & here.

    I think its safe to say that iPhones sold by russrad0 are to be avoided or treated with tablespoons of salt.
  9. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    Definitely a fake.
    The top black part where the speaker is appears much thinner than the bottom black part where the home button is.

    On the real iPhone, they're the same.
  10. ivi7 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
  11. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    It doesn't fit. The phone looks completely fake. The packaging doesn't look anything like how Apple has and would do it. Cheap looking accessories.

    I also looked at quite of a few of his previous auctions. Car tires, lawn chair, cheap R/C car, etc. 98% positive feedback on 55 transactions... still looks like a scammer to me.

    Buyer beware!
  12. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004

    report it. the seller is advertising a CECT P168 as an iPhone, and that's not right - in fact, in the UK, it could well be classed as counterfeit and be illegal...
  13. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Durham, NC
    It's probably a hijacked account.

    Either way, the "OEM battery" visible in the photos, the box and "battery cover" in the description is a dead giveaway that these aren't iPhones.

    In fact, this particular model (the CECT P168) has been marketed as the "tPhone" in Hong Kong and actually was available on eBay before the official on-sale date of the iPhone in the U.S.
  14. ay98182 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2007
    Definitely, definitely fake. I've just reported the user to ebay - will keep you guys updated on what they say.
  15. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
  16. makismagoo99 macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2006
    Totally FAKE!

    1) Charger is BLACK, not the typical white apple chager
    2) Real iPhone battery is NOT removable
    3) Real iPhone has only ONE button on the front, not a whole series of them.

    Report the user right away.
  17. Geffen macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2007
    Thats definately a fake iPhone, i'd be leary of buying iPhones off of Ebay.
  18. ay98182 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2007
    This is part of the email I just got from ebay:


    Thank you for taking the time to report the iPhone that may be in breach
    of eBay policy. We'll investigate your report thoroughly.

    Before we take action, we'll consider the circumstances of the alleged
    offence and the member's feedback profile, as well as any previous
    warnings or offences. To be fair to all members, we won't take action
    unless the complaint can be proven with certainty.

    As it's important that eBay maintains member privacy, we won't be able
    to share details of the action we take on the other member's account
    with you. This eBay principle protects the privacy of all our members."

    Let's hope they take this guy down!

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