Mobile Markets are full with Fake Phones and mobiles are being sold as original even with Branded tags next to it the replica phones are kept in the market that looks similar to the original phone, to make sure whether your phone is original or fake there would be two ways of checking it. These methods will help you during purchasing a used cell phone.
Let’s first see the difference between korean & clone phone.
Samsung always introduce different kind of models to different regions. For example, Samsung Galaxy S3 have many variants.
GT-I9300[T] = International
GT-I9305[T] = International LTE
SHV-E210K/L/S = South Korea
SGH-T999/L = Canada
and so on many other models.
All these models Samsung’s official with different of System on Chip SOC, CPU, GPU and RAM.
The main issue is shop keepers having lame excuse with korean mobile as they have antenna. For example, Samsung Galaxy S3 SHV-E210K has an 8″ antenna for the purpose of receiving T-DMB or digital media broadcast available in Korean region.
Now clever shop keepers use some tricks to remove antenna, put some pasting and it look like International Galaxy S3 GT-i9300. After they will root the phone and delete system level korean apps, then replace boot screen (startup, shutdown) from International stock ROM. Final step is, to change model from SHV-210K to GT-i9300 by using root level app.
By doing all above, they are selling devices and people are being fooled to pay full prices.
Check IMEI by dialing *#06#
Go to imei.info
Enter IMEI and it will show you the real model
If you are purchasing Samsung/ HTC/ Motorola /LG Phone
Power off your phone
Go to bootloader/odin/download mode by pressing Volume UP + Power button for 5 seconds
It will take you to the odin mode
If it is korean, then odin mode will be in korean. It can’t be changed/upgrade to English, so you can verify
The other method is examining or checking Phones quality through 15 digit IMEI code:
IMEI stands for ( International Mobile Equipment Identity). This is a 15-digit number and might be found in the packet of the mobile phone as well. It might be found by eliminating the back cover and it might be located on the battery.
The IMEI number may be as below:
3 6 9 3 9 5 0 1 2 3 5 5 6 7 8
Now view the 7th and 8th digit. These two digits will make sure your phone’s quality!
If the seventh and eighth digits are 00 this shows your cell phone is made in Original Factory which makes sure the best quality.
If the seventh and eighth digits are 01 or 10 this shows your cell phone is made in Finland which is best quality.
If the seventh and eighth digits are 13 this shows your cell phone is gathered in Azerbaijan which is too bad. And it is also unsafe and dangerous for health!
If the seventh and eighth digits are 02 or 20 this shows your cell phone is gathered in Emirates which is very cheap quality. If the seventh and eighth digits are either 03/30 04/40, this shows your phone is manufactured in China but its good quality. But is bad either as 00, 01 or 10.
If the seventh and eighth digits are 05 or 50 this shows your cell phone is made either in Brazil or USA or Finland.
If the seventh and eighth digits are 06 or 60 this shows your cell phone is made either in Hong Kong, or China or Mexico.
If the seventh and eighth digits are 08 or 80 this shows your cell phone is made in Germany which is good and fair quality.
This will help and facilitate you to select the good one but these tips might not work with the Sony Erickson Mobile Phone.