How to Check – Original Phone or Fake ?

Mobile Markets are filled with Fake Phones and they selling them as Original phones even with Branded tags beside it the replica phones are present in the market that looks similar to the original phone, to check whether your phone is original or fake there are two ways of checking it. These methods will help you a lot while buying a used cell phone.

 

Read More: PTA – Phone Verification Online 

 

First Check the following Features :

  • Be careful about the spellings, For example, Soniericsson, Nokla and Samsvng
  • Warranties:  Always insist on 12 months warranty certificate from the handset manufacturers; Never an oral agreement with the seller. Fake phones come with a shorter warranty period since counterfeiters cannot guarantee it will last so long
  • Check for the performance of the handset: Some people carry their phones home without testing it first. Some dealers encourage this, knowing the handset is fake. As you check it out, you may notice some points of low performance such as memory which is smaller or poor quality photos.

 

  • Appearances: like dull colors, Fake logos, built quality difference in weight, screen size, the location of buttons and battery, quality of printing and paint finish, added or missing functions, quality control stickers and holograms and an overall lack of quality.

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Fake Or Original Phone

Original Phone

Dial *#06#

Unlock your mobile phone if it locks type *#06# and press dial button then you can get this code.

The other method is checking Phones quality through 15 digit IMEI code :

  • Dial *#06#

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It is a 15-digit number and may be found in the packet of the mobile phone. It may also be found by removing the back cover and it may be placed on the battery sticker.

The number might be as below: 

3 6 9 3 9 5 0 1 2 3 5 5 6 7 8

Now, look at the 7th and 8th digit. These two digits will ensure your phone’s quality!
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 00 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Original Factory which ensures the best quality.
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 01 or 10 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Finland which is high quality.
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 13 this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Azerbaijan which is too bad. And it is also dangerous for health!
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 02 or 20 this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Emirates which is very poor quality. (NB: Some Indian sets have this number)
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are either 03/30 04/40, this indicates your phone is made in China but its quality is good. But not good either as 00, 01 or 10.
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 05 or 50 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Brazil or USA or Finland.
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 06 or 60 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Hong Kong, or China or Mexico.
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 08 or 80 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Germany which is fair quality.

10 = Finland also 01 = Finland
20 = Germany
30 = Korea
40 = China
50 = Brazil, USA, Finland
60 = HK, China, Mexico
70 = Finland
80 = Hungary
91 = Finland

This will help you to pick the good one. Try it. But, remember, these tips may not work with the Sony Erickson Mobile Phone.
Though the above information has been collected from very reliable sources, 1 or 2 of them may slightly vary.
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61 Comments

  1. This is very helpful. Am a phone seller and I always find it very hard to differentiate fake and original phones. With this kind of article, many people like me will really appreciate and minimize the chances of people buying fake phones. The technique seems hard but very helpful.

  2. its totally fake and useless method.. because i have bought a Chinese phone by 9$ in bangladesh . and its IMEI Number is below : 35-74-78-09-01-25-74-8. and 7th and 8th digit is 09 but it’s not come from finland and my phone is very low quality only dual sim phone. huff you guys are as fake as my phone

  3. what about 7th and 8th digit is 09? if you haven’t complete info stop manipulating people with such shit.

  4. What about mine? 61? It’s a Samsung J530..made in Vietnam..but there is no 61 in your list..please tell me..tnx

  5. The IMEI number has 15 digits (15 numbers). In these 15 digits, we pay our attention to 7th and 8th digits of our IMEI number.

    The:
    • First 6 digits = Type Approval Code
    • 7th and 8th digit = Country made in (check country codes below)
    • 9-14th digits = Serial number
    • 15th digit = Check digit

    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 01 or 10 or 91 or 19 or 70 or 07, your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Finland, which is very good quality.
    • IF the7th and 8th are , 00 this means your cell phone was manufactured in original factory which is the best Mobile Quality.
    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 08 or 80, your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Hungary very good quality.
    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 02 your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Emirates which is very Bad quality.
    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 20 your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Germany
    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 04 or 40 your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is China.
    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 05 or 50 your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Brazil or USA or Finland.
    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 06 or 60 your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Hong Kong or China or Mexico.
    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 03 your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is India.
    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 30 your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Korea.
    • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 13 your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Azerbaijan which is very Bad quality and also dangerous for your health.

    E.g. If your IMEI number is 353367054640723, “0” is the 7th digit and “5” is the 8th digit. According to above mentioned details, your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Brazil or USA or Finland.

    1. Dear Dear If the seventh and eighth digits are either 03/30 04/40, this indicates your phone is made in China but its quality is good. But not good either as 00, 01 or 10.

  6. No body replied what is 07 as 7th and 8th digits. Is it something unknown. Big challenge for the techies.

    1. • If your 7th and 8th digits are, 01 or 10 or 91 or 19 or 70 or 07, your mobile phone’s country of origin/assemble is Finland, which is very good quality.

      its very clearly mentioned above about ”07” but I don’t know why every one is asking about 07 fake or original?

  7. hi,,,is there any useful tracks to know the mob set either original or fake? or the country that manufacture except this eime 7th and 8th digits track??

  8. i hv samsung grand prime ,it hs 7th and 8th digits 07,but labelled Made in China hvng 1 year warrnty,,,,,wht about it? is it fake or original?????

      1. Comment:mobile is not accepted *#06* its mean fake and full clone
        you be carefull mobile.. more Korean and clone..
        Made in china is orignal and Made in veitnam..

  9. Hy! the seventh and eight digits in my S4i9500 appears as 07. What does it mean??? can any one explain? As it is not explained above?

  10. My phone is Samsung Galaxy GT-I9300, IMEI 7th & 8th Digit shows 05 which is manufactured in USA/Finland or Brazil as Info Provided above but “Phone Info” app shows that Country of Origin “Made in China” also on the sticker behind battery also shows Made in China. I bought this in warranty. So is this china made phone or International Version?

  11. Hi there, could you please let me know if there is anyone out there that is inspecting these 7. and 8. digits so that the buyers really get what they paid for and that the phone is really made there? Thanks for the info.

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