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

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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 from mobile operator within above 13 countries: To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from operators of 13 countries. If a SIM card issued from another region is used for activation, the phone may not work. I'm Italian and I don't know now if this phone can be used with an Italian SIM card without activated before with a SIM card from operators of that 13 countries. Can you help me? Can I use this phone in Italy? Is this phone original?

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 from mobile operator within above 13 countries: To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from operators of 13 countries. If a SIM card issued from another region is used for activation, the phone may not work. I'm Italian and I don't know now if this phone can be used with an Italian SIM card without activated before with a SIM card from operators of that 13 countries. Can you help me? Can I use this phone in Italy? Is this phone original?

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Are cloned cellphones original or not?

Hypothetical: My friend is selling a cloned phone from Korea and she told me that it is the same as original phones. And now, I am planning to buy it for the reason that I need to buy a new one.

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No! Cloned phones are absolutely not the same as originals. They are lower-quality, both in craftsmanship and installed components, and will give you an awful experience in comparison to the real thing.

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How to check original one physically?

To check battery, cell, application and systems

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Fake Samsung Smartphones are becoming more and more like the original ones every day. This is because clone manufactures in China and other countries are doing their best to make a fake Smartphone look same as the genuine one. However, there are still many ways to identify a fake phone from an original. Follow these steps to see whether your Samsung Galaxy is fake or genuine:

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    Check the home button since on a fake Samsung phone it is usually not in the same spot as an original one.
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    See if the Screen is not as bright as a genuine phone.
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    If you can notice gaps between parts like home, power and volume buttons, then it may be not genuine.
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    If you check the battery of a fake Samsung device, you will see that the specifications aren't same as the original phone.
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    The Samsung logos can be felt under your fingers.
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    The sensors are not the same as the genuine phones, and they're not in the same spots in comparison to an original phone.
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To learn more on how to determine weather your Samsung Galaxy is fake or not, read the main article by clicking on the title of this page or the link below the article summary.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 made in Vietnam by Samsung ...original?

Samsung Galaxy S4 made in Vietnam by Samsung ...original?

Samsung has big manufacturing operations in Vietnam. However, a Samsung phone made in Vietnam isn't guaranteed to be genuine. This is because many clone manufacturers actually write on the phone 'Made in Vietnam' or 'Made in Korea'. There are many ways to tell a fake Samsung Galaxy S4 from the genuine one. One of the easiest methods is using the IMEI code.

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Follow the steps below in order to use this code:

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    On the phone home screen, open the dial pad.
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    Dial *#06#.
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    Once you dial this code, a number will appear on the device screen.
    If you can't see the number or the phone isn't accepting the code, this phone is probably a clone.
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    Write this number.
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    On your PC, open a web browser.
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    Go to the IMEI website.
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    Enter the number, which was displayed earlier.
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    Click on 'Check'.
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    If the website shows the device specifications, the phone is genuine.
    If the IMEI database can't find that phone, it means it's probably a clone.
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There are many more ways to identify a fake Samsung Galaxy. To learn more about them, read our main article. In order to reach this guide, click on the title of this Q&A page or the link below the article summary.

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

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I want to check whether my Galaxy S phone is a China or a international phone? how can I do it?

I want to check whether my Galaxy S phone is a China or a international phone? how can I do it?. please ? what are the methods of checking it?

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    Remove the back cover and the battery.
    Find an IMEI code there and write it down. The IMEI number has 15 numbers.
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    Locate the 7th and the 8th numbers.
    You will be able to define if your phone is Chinese or it was made somewhere else. If the code is
    • 00, then the phone is manufactured in the original factory;
    • 01 or 10, then the phone was manufactured in Finland;
    • 02 or 20, then the phone was manufactured in United Arab Emirates or India;
    • 03, 04, 40, or 30, then the phone was manufactured in China;
    • 05 or 50, then the phone was manufactured in Brazil, USA, or Finland;
    • 06 or 60, then the phone was manufactured in Hong Kong, China or Mexico;
    • 08 or 80, then the phone was manufactured in Germany;
    • 13, then the phone was manufactured in Azerbaijan.
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What code does Samsung uses to check their phone status?

Samsung codes to check software versions of Samsung phones

Using codes is on of the best ways to identify a cloned Samsung Galaxy from a Genuine. The code you're looking for is '*#1234#'. With this code you can check the software version, PDA, CSC and Modem.

If you don't know how to use this code, follow the steps below on your phone:

  1. 1
    On your home screen, open the dial pad.
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    Dial *#1234#.
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    Now the software version of your phone plus other information will appear on your screen.
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    If this code is invalid on your device, it's probably a clone.
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To learn more about other codes including:

  • Samsung software and hardware info
  • Samsung Test mode
  • Service mode
  • Bluetooth test mode, and many more codes;

Read the main article. You can access this article by clicking on the title of this Q&A page or the link below the article summary.

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How to identify the original Samsung Galaxy Note1?

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What digits do I use to check the originality of my Samsung S3?

The digits I am told they reflect something on the screen

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Why does it say in the storage of my Samsung S5 that it is 16GB? But if I download an application its not enough memory?

I installed an application but it says not enough memory

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My phone doesn't have the IMEI number in the battery space?

I bought the Galaxy S5 on Friday, and to my surprise, it doesn't have the IMEI number on the battery space. Everything else looks genuine, and the IMEI number that it has, is from another phone, Samsung G900F. The one that I have is G900T

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I have a Samsung S2 GT-9100 Android version 2.3.4?

How can I identify if its Korean or original?

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I purchased a Samsung Galaxy S4 Korean version but I cannot find the model name on the S4 models listed from GSM Arena. The physical aspects seems to be original?

Please explain in full details

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How to find that S3 is repaired or not?

Today at night I went to buy a Samsung Galaxy S3 with 10 month warranty in 25000 but I doubt that the mobile has been repair, how to check please help me

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Yes I want you to send all these codes to my mail?

A lot of fake devices are there in the market and it's very bad

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My mobile IMEI number is not registered. so is it original or not?

Checking IMEI but not getting information.

Usually a cloned phone has an invalid IMEI code. Therefore when you check the code on the IMEI website, the database won't find your phone. However, there are other ways to determine whether you have an original Samsung Galaxy or a fake.

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With the Samsung Kies program you can check your phone with 100% certainty. Once you plug your phone into the PC and launch this program, if it recognizes your phone, it means your Android device is 100% genuine. If not it's probably a fake.

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Follow the steps below on your PC, to install and use Samsung Kies:

  1. 1
    On your desktop, open a web browser.
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    Once you're on the page, scroll down to the 'Download' section.
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    Depending on your Samsung Galaxy model, click on the right version of Kies, to download.
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    Wait for the downloading process to complete.
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    Once the file is downloaded, open it.
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    Follow the instructions on the setup to install it on your PC.
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    When the installation process is completed, launch the program.
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    Plug your phone into the computer.
    Make sure you're using a genuine Samsung cable, and not a third party cable.
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    Once you plug your phone in to the PC, the program starts to automatically scan for your device.
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    If it recognizes your Samsung Galaxy, it's 100% genuine.
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    If not it's probably a clone.
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You can read the main guide to learn more about other methods of identifying a fake Samsung Galaxy.

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Why can't I get 4g lte only 3g or h?

I am only getting 3 g not 4g and my phone company said I have a clone phone but I just looked it up and I do not

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How do I tell if my new A3 is genuine?

No problem but here in Brazil where I live there are a lot of clones being sold. I bought this phone at a land line outlet store which is the phone company for this state.

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Bacteria, anything on antibiotic resistance

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