Mobile phone has long passed into the category of gadgets of vital necessity, without which none of us can do. Despite the abundance of all kinds of brands and models of devices, a significant part of them continues to be imported through semi-legal schemes. So called "gray" phones have an advantage over the price category, which attracts buyers.

Phone verification for authenticity

When importing semi-legal phones, the company does not pay customs duties, as a result of which the final cost of production is 30% -40% below analogues. Such schemes of import of goods are quite profitable, because with minimal costs, the products are sold with the maximum margin. As a result, these phones cost much cheaper, outwardly no different from the original gadgets of Samsung, Nokia, HTC, etc., but do not have any guarantees of authenticity from the manufacturer.

Checking the phone is an important procedure, because when buying a "gray" device, the user completely loses the possibility of servicing in the service centers of the official manufacturer. These products are not covered by a branded warranty and in case of a device failure you will have to throw such an acquisition into the garbage. IMEI Authentication Each mobile phone in production is assigned a unique serial number, called IMEI.

This code is crashing an international identifier in the conventional standard, which is displayed to the operator to authorize phone in the network. Regardless of the device model and brand of the manufacturer, the IMEI is standard on all devices and allows you to inspect the phone for authenticity.

To confirm the originality of the phone you purchased, you need to do some simple actions:

  1. On the telephone keypad to dial "*#06#". Confirm the action by pressing Enter.
  2. On the screen of the mobile device will be a 15-character code IMEI that was installed by the manufacturer. The first 6 digits denote the series devices 7 and 8 digit – country code-phone manufacturer, and subsequent characters indicate the serial number of the device. The last digit of the IMEI code is a control (backup) number which identifies the device manufacturer. Important! If your mobile gadget has 2 slots for SIM-card, then the screen shows the same number of codes.

  • Appeared then compare the IMEI number that is printed on the back of the phone. To do this, take out the battery and find the code.

    Important! Pay attention only to the last 6 digits of the ID. If your device is original, then these designations coincide with the figures given by the device on the screen. How to check your cell phone at purchase to Check phone for authenticity not only by IMEI code.

    Before you pay a small purchase at a retail outlet, it is worth considering other features of the gadget:

    1. The cost is the first indicator that you should pay attention to when buying a phone. If the price is too low and is about one-third of the officially adopted for this manufacturer of value – a clear proof of forgery.
    2. The weight of the gadget during the inspection of the unit compare the performance of the acquired models to those stated on the official website of the manufacturer. Typically, aftermarket units weigh much less.
    3. Be sure to evaluate the color quality, extension, grit screen. Compare performance of extension, with those specified in the technical description of the gadget.
    4. Also, the authenticity of the phone indicates the fact that the battery and the device itself must be manufactured by the same brand.
    5. Beware the gadgets that are additional slots for memory cards or SIM cards that are not declared in the technical description of the manufacturer. And finally, carefully inspect the phone on the quality of its Assembly. In the original models there is no backlash, all the panels fit snugly to the body, symbols marked clearly in bold.

    Success in choosing a reliable and legal gadget!