How to spot fake iPhones

May 12, 2011 by


The IPhone is an icon and leads the whole industry sector. When a new iPhone is coming up one can always expect nice surprises. The high price of iPhones makes them very attractive for illegal production and distribution. We will give you some tips on how to spot fake Iphones.

How to spot a fake Iphone

How to spot a fake Iphone

As always we suggest buying products in specialized shops at realistic price to minimize the risk of getting a fake Iphone.

All new Iphones come with a year warranty. By checking if a cell phone qualifies for warranty, you can make sure that you are buying an authentic Iphone. To do that you have to find the serial number and type it in the form on the official Apple website.

How to find Serial Number on a genuine Iphone?

  1. On screen if you navigate Settings > General > About and following models
  2. On sim tray after words “IMEI No:” on Iphone 3G, Iphone 3GS, Iphone 4
  3. On the back of Iphone
  4. On original box for an Iphone

If you are buying second hand Iphone it is worth checking the International Mobile Equipment Identity number (IMEI). The owner of a stolen Iphone can contact the provider to ban the phone from being used on any network. Because of the ban you may have problems with a network connection. Be cautious if a seller is blaming coverage for some malfunction. The IMEI number can be easily checked online on websites like this.

How to find original iphone’s IMEI

  1. On screen if you navigate Settings > General > About on Iphone 3G, I phone 3GS, iPhone 4 and following models
  2. On sim tray after words “IMEI No:”
  3. On the back of I-phone
  4. On original box for an iPhone
Fake iPhone features

Fake iPhone features

If you are buying an Iphone online make sure that you are getting only standard iPhone features not more or less. Things like dual sim card tray, replaceable battery and extendable memory are signs of an Iphone replica. Remember an iPhone does not come with a stylus.

Fake iphone stylus

Fake iphone stylus

 

Accessories of fake iPhone

Accessories of fake iPhone

Have a good look at the included accessories of the cell phone. Apple gives earphones with microphone and remote (I don’t understand remote), USB power adapter and USB cable with iPhone 4. A fake Iphone could come with a stylus and some additional accessories. The charger has to be white and nice looking. You should get the feeling that it was made by Apple for you. It should not be some kind of black universal charger.

Apple use special glass for production of all its products. Iphone 4 has glass on the front screen and on the back. When you touch the screen you feel glass, not plastic. One of the easiest thing to notice with a genuine iPhone is the flat polished screen. If the screen of your iPhone looks like on the photo below – it is replica.

Uneven screen of fake iPhone

Uneven screen of fake iPhone

Sizes of Original iPhones

If you already have an iPhone 4, please check the sizes of your handset 4.5 inches x 2.31 inches x 0.37 inch (115.2 mm x 58.6 mm x 9.3 mm)

Sizes of an authentic Iphone 3GS are 4.5 inches x 2.4 inches x 0.48 inch (115.5 mm x 62.1 mm x 12.3 mm)

If the size is different, you have a fake Iphone.

Closer look at genuine and fake Iphone 4

Authentic Iphone 4 has Plus and Minus marks on volume control

Authentic iPhone 4 volume control

Authentic iPhone 4 volume control

Fake Iphone 4 doesn’t have those marks

Fake iPhone 4 volume control

Fake iPhone 4 volume control

A genuine Iphone 4 has 2 small special screws on the underside. The 30-pin dock connector is located exactly in the middle. There is a symmetry between microphone and built-in speaker and they look the same.

Underside of genuine Iphone 4

Underside of genuine Iphone 4

An Iphone 4 replica doesn’t have screws and is asymmetrical. The microphone and speaker look different.

Bottom side of Iphone 4 replica

Bottom side of Iphone 4 replica

The original Iphone 4 has a little line next to the headphone jack on the top.

Top side of an original Iphone 4

Top side of an original Iphone 4

A counterfeit Iphone 4 doesn’t have the line and could have extra holes for placing a strap

Top a side of fake iPhone 4

Top side of a fake iPhone 4

If you are buying White iPhone 4, make sure you have additional strap above top speaker. This is small feature that could be missed by producers of replica iPhones

Difference of original white iPhone 4

Difference of original white iPhone 4

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5 Comments

  1. Great Post and wonderful information, One of my close friend bought an iPhone on airport from a guy because he use to weep for being scummed and lost of money so my friend thought help to him and purchased his device for only 800 Qata Rayal but the device proved to be fake and my friend felt no regrets on it because he thinks his money reached a more save place for the day he would need it most.

    Be careful gyz!

  2. Claire Yarcia

    very helpful information, i plan to buy 2nd hand, and thanks for the tips.

  3. Md. Khairyl Bashar Shuman

    Lovely post. i checked all are genuine but my iphone 4s ios 5.0 (9a344) but android version. i dont understand.how coould i jailbreak or update it to 6.1.2?
    please some one tell me.

    Md. Khairyl Bashar Shuman

  4. Ratheesh E V

    Wonderful information.Thanks for it.

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