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Most importantly, remember that fakes may be made and sold by crime syndicates to fund other, more sinister operations. They may be unsafe and will obviously use fake batteries and chargers which can be a fire hazard. They will not have passed or even been submitted for any safety checks and they're also not going to perform as well or last as long, so it's just not worth it for any reason. In the long term you're not saving anything and may be putting your life and that of others at risk.
But anybody can claim the phones they sell are genuine. So how can you tell? First of all, most of our phones come factory sealed (not all manufacturers provide sealed boxes). However, we don't know anybody who tells you how to actually check your phone - but we do!
Here's how to check:
1. Click here to go to imei.info - this website contains a database of most (but not all) mobile phone serial numbers, or IMEI numbers. Each phone has it's own unique IMEI number, dual sim phones have two - one for each sim.
2. On the imei.info site enter the FIRST and ONLY the first IMEI number shown on the side of back of the box. Take care as an IMEI number consists of 15 digits and it's easy to miss a digit or get it wrong.
3. Click on the "I'm not a robot" checkbox and click "Check". The result will then show you the model of the phone and links to other information about your phone. As this information is supplied by the manufacturers it confirms that you have a genuine phone.
However, there are a few points to be aware of: