How to identify real and fake iPhones
iPhones have a universal appeal, and many people dream of owning one, regardless of their profession. However, with the demand for iPhones being so high, the market is flooded with both genuine and counterfeit devices. If you're considering buying an iPhone, it's essential to know how to identify whether it's real or fake.
In Bangladesh where there are no official Apple stores, there are authorised reseller brands to consider. While you might find cheaper options outside these official stores, there's also a higher risk of encountering fake iPhones from unscrupulous sellers.
To avoid falling victim to purchasing a counterfeit iPhone, here are some steps you can follow:
Verify the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number: The IMEI number is a unique identifier for every mobile device. You can find the IMEI number by going to "Settings" on the iPhone, selecting "About," and locating the IMEI. Make sure to match this number with the one printed on the iPhone's box. After obtaining the IMEI, you can use the website http://checkcoverage.apple.com to verify the authenticity of the iPhone.
Check the information on Apple's website: Enter the IMEI number on the Apple website provided above. If the IMEI is correct and legitimate, the website should display all the relevant information about the iPhone, confirming its authenticity. However, if the IMEI is invalid or no information is displayed, this indicates a high probability of the phone being fake.
Use the *#06# code: Another way to find the IMEI number is by dialing *#06# on the iPhone's keypad. This will display the IMEI number on the screen. You can then use this number to verify the iPhone on Apple's website as mentioned earlier.
By following these steps and cross-referencing the IMEI number through Apple's official channels, you can make an informed decision about whether the iPhone you're considering purchasing is genuine or a counterfeit product.
Remember, buying from authorised resellers or official stores, even if it costs a bit more, ensures that you get a fully functional iPhone with proper customer support.