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Identify a Genuine/Original Versus a Fake/Cloned Samsung Galaxy Phone

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Clone phones are not compatible to original parts?

A Samsung phone made from Korea, the touch screen is not working. I went to repair shop they said that the phone is a clone and the touch screen they are selling is not compatible.

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Clone phone can have slight variations on the screen so yes an original part will not be compatible. You will have to find out what the knock-off name is and try to order the part. Still, do some code tests to verify that you actually do have a cloned phone. The techs could have been wrong.

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Can I buy cloned phone? Will it work properly?

I want buy a cloned phone but I am confused on whether it will work or not.

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Cloned phones do work, but they are not as reliable as genuine Samsung devices. Something is very likely to go wrong in a short amount of time; and when your cloned phone does work, it will not be a pleasant experience since cloned phones use cheap and unreliable components that are slow and sometimes simply don't work. In addition, when something inevitably goes wrong with your phone, you may not be able to get it fixed since manufacturers of cloned devices are not as reputable or upstanding as Samsung; when you call to schedule a repair, they may ask you to pay and not honor your warranty, or they may ask you to purchase a new device from them and refuse to repair your phone. Although they're cheaper, cloned phones are bad investments since you will need to buy a new phone much, much sooner than you would need to if you spent the money on a real Samsung device.

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Vietnam and Korean clone mobile?

Just want to know what is the difference between Vietnam clone and Korean clone mobile phones?

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There really is no difference between the clones. Even Samsung uses factories in Vietnam and Korea and although some swear one factory is better than the other the reality is they are working with the same parts and it is more dependent on the phone than the factory.

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Won a Samsung phone in a raffle, the (fame one) the pamphlet that came with it is written in Chinese only, does that mean it is a fake?

Why is it written in only Chinese and if it is fake, what do I do about it?

You can go to the Samsung website and download a manual in English. This does not necessarily mean that your phone is a clone, but you can do the Samsung Kies test to check where you install Kies on the computer and try to connect the phone.

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More questions and answers on this topic can be found here: I bought a Samsung S5 mini made in Vietnam for Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Mongolia, Russia, Belorussia, Ucraina, Moldova e Kazakhstan. I read that the product should be activated with a SIM card issued

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Identify a Genuine/Original Versus a Fake/Cloned Samsung Galaxy Phone
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My phone model is Samsung S5 but IMEI checking was celkon c44?

My phone model is Samsung S5 but IMEI checking was celkon c44. I have tried: I am using S5 IMEI no xxxx, checking the IMEI site telling it belongs to celkon c44

Do not trust just the IMEI website checkers. Do your own detective work by using the Kies or Samsung code methods. Check the specs from the Samsung S5 and compare them to the genuine phone specs. The Celkon c44 does not even look like the S5 which means that the website is wrong. Your real concern would be if you checked out that phone and it appeared almost identical to the Samsung S5 but it does not.

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Is the phone genuine if he produces a bill of it?

He is giving me a copy of bill, also claiming that it is originally imported and not a clone phone

Not necessarily. Receipts can be faked or altered. Your best option is to compare the specs of the phone from the phone's internal operating system. It is highly likely that it is a genuine phone but you can never be completely certain just based on a bill of sale.

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Are mobiles In custom deal site original?

I want to buy an iPhone from a custom deal on an online shopping site. I have tried: Is It original or not?

Read the reviews from the online shopping seller. If a clone phone was bought from them it is usually in one of the reviews. Ask for a screen shot to be sent of the phone's internal specs and compare them to the stock specs of a genuine phone. A reputable company will provide you with these specs if you ask. You also can ask about a return policy in the event that you receive the phone and learn that it is a clone. Cover all your bases before buying a phone online if you must have a genuine phone.

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I am planning to buy a used Samsung Note3 7505 but it is made in Vietnam, so is it original?

I am planning to buy a used Samsung Note3 7505 but not sure if its original, also it has the United Arab Emirates in its "about phone"

The Samsung Note 3 Neo specs can be referenced to see if the phone is genuine. In the about phone the United Arab Emirates means that they are using firmware from there. This could be a clone phone and if you are buying it online then perhaps you should pass to another model if you do not want a clone phone.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini purchases from China not showing mobile network in India?

Very recently I purchased a Samsung Galaxy S5 mini from China which is not working in my country India. I have tried: Used different Indian SIM but to no avail. I think it was caused by: May be a locked/clone phone

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You have to unlock the phone first before it can be used with a different carrier. You also need to determine if the phone runs on GSM, CDMA or LTE before you purchase a SIM card from a cell service carrier. Here is a VisiHow article on rooting a Samsung S5: Use CF-Auto-Root for Your Samsung Galaxy S5

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I am looking to buy a Samsung S5 Galaxy in the Philippines, but I'm not sure if it will work in Australia my home country?

Will phone work in another country?

If you do not have a service provider in Australia then you can purchase it and shop for the provider that is compatible with your phone. GSM or CDMA is usually what the service providers use so ask what version the phone is before you purchase it and compare to the providers in Australia.

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How will I notice if the Samsung Duos is fake?

How will I notice if the Samsung Duos is fake

You can tell by a few different means. Number one would be using the Samsung codes as that is one of the most reliable ways. If you are purchasing the phone from your cell phone service provider, 99% of the time the phone is genuine.

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