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

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Sir, I bought a used Samsung S4 from a mobile market, it is i9505. I doubt that my mobile is refurbished, how can I check that it is genuine or refurbish?

Sir I bought a used Samsung S4 from a mobile market, it is i9505. I doubt that my mobile is refurbished, how can I check that it is genuine or refurbish?

Follow one of the suggestions above for codes to use to access the RTN screen or install the Phone Status app on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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What is your professional tip to check whether the phone is original or refurbished?

What is your professional tip to check whether the phone is original or refurbished? I have tried: Yeah...!!!. I think it was caused by: Nothing happens.

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    Tap on the Phone icon.
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    Dial either ##786# or *#*#786#*#*. Those are the USSD codes for the Reverse Logistics Support.
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    Tap on "View".
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    Scroll down to "Reconditioned status". If the status is "Yes", then the phone in question, has been refurbished. Otherwise, it is a new phone.
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I have purchased a Samsung-SM-G900V (Verizon), is it an original Samsung product?

Is Verizon G900V an authentic version of Samsung

Verizon is a major US Cellular Service provider. They would not sell a cloned version for fear of lawsuit or charges from the US Customs Department for sale counterfeit products. They offer a variety of authentic lower end phones to keep those with limited finances still able to purchase a phone that is not counterfeit. If you are purchasing used, run the Refurbishment check as explained above just to make sure that your phone has not been damaged or defunct in the past.

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How much does Samsung Galaxy S6 worth?

I went to price it and they told me it is 20k

You did not mention what currency you are referring to. I will assume mean India's Rs which a Samsung Galaxy S6 is between 19,000 and 24,000 currently. If you have any doubts about the purchase, always trust those instincts telling you to walk away. Do proper diligence by searching online for reputable dealers or in local shops. Always go to several and compare quality and price. If you can't power on the device and check it before purchase, take a mental stock of what is available in the store. If every other item around you is low quality, then the odds are that you are being sold a cloned device. Also, if you suspect that it is used, when buying a previously used device, you will want to turn the device on and set it up right in front of them. With Android 5.0 and higher, you need the Owner account to access the device even after a hard reset. You can bypass Google FRP through videos Rootjunky posted on YouTube, though, for most devices now.

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More questions and answers on this topic can be found here: How can I tell if a Samsung Galaxy S5 I am buying is original?

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Identify a Genuine/Original Versus a Fake/Cloned Samsung Galaxy Phone
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Does the word Galaxy S5 have to be engraved in the back of the phone?

Is that an original design or there are several designs

While there are differences such as a back cover color or name like Verizon, the Samsung logo is always etched in. If it is a Sticker form or not present then it could be a replacement cover and not a cloned phone. People often customize their back covers if cases prohibit functions on the device from working properly.

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What is different in hardware and software between fake and original S5?

What is different in hardware and software between fake and original S5

The fake S5 will not have as nice of a quality in images taken with the back camera. The internal hardware is also not as fast. They make "OK" phones for surfing the internet and texting/calling but if you play Android games, you will definitely want a genuine phone. The clones get bogged down and the display is not as sharp.

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