While most e-commerce websites have a strict set of regulations to weed out disreputable vendors from their platforms, it is not uncommon for buyers to receive counterfeit or refurbished products, especially when it comes to electronic goods. If you notice something off about a smartphone you recently bought, there are a couple of ways you can check whether the product you received is authentic. These methods are also applicable when you’re buying a used smartphone and want to ensure that you are not being sold a fake product. In this article, we show you how to check whether your smartphone is original or not.
Check if your Android smartphone is original or not
Step 1: Dial *#066# USSD code on your smartphone to reveal the IMEI code of your device. You can also use these 7 methods to find the IMEI code of your Android smartphone.
Step 2: Go to imei.info and enter your phone’s IMEI number.
Step 3: Your phone’s information will be displayed on the screen. If the information does not corroborate with your unit, your phone is likely fake. You can also see if your device has been blacklisted. Stolen units are usually the ones that get blacklisted through their IMEI number.
Check if your iPhone is original or not
Step 1: Dial *#066# USSD code on your iPhone dialer to reveal the IMEI code and the serial number of your device. You can also use one of these methods to find the IMEI code and the serial number of your iPhone.
Step 2: Go to Apple’s warranty coverage page and enter the serial number of your iPhone. If the webpage says your IMEI number is invalid, you probably have a fake iPhone.
Step 3: To check if your iPhone is refurbished, check the model number by going to Settings>General>About>Model Number. The first alphabet of the model number signifies the device status. If it starts with M, it means your iPhone is new. The model number of refurbished units starts with ‘F’. If you got a replacement unit from Apple, the model number will start with ‘N’.
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This is how you can check whether your smartphone is original or not. You can also visit your smartphone manufacturer’s official website and enter the IMEI code on the warranty page to check whether your device is original. In order to limit the possibility of being sold counterfeit products, only buy from verified vendors on e-commerce websites like Amazon and Flipkart.
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