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

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How to know if a Samsung Galaxy Grand i9082 is fake?

Planning to buy one. What should I do to know if it's fake? How to test it?

The easiest way to know if you're purchasing a real Samsung Galaxy Grand i9082 is to make sure that you're purchasing it from a reputable source. Buying it directly from Samsung or your carrier, or through an authorized reseller like Best Buy or Walmart, will guarantee that your device is genuine. If you buy from a store that isn't authorized, or if you buy from a person who says it's new and genuine, there's a chance that the device could be fake. Before you purchase the device, ask if you can take it out of the box. Look for all of the things that are mentioned in the VisiHow article below. Ask if you can turn on the phone, as well, and be sure to run these codes in the Phone application before you ever give the salesperson your money:

  • SW Version, PDA, CSC and Modem - *#1234#
  • SW & HW Info - *#12580369#
  • Test mode - *#0*#
  • Service Mode - *#197328640#
  • ADC Reading - *#0228#
  • Bluetooth Test Mode - *#232331#
  • Bluetooth Address - *#232337#
  • Ciphering Information - *#32489#

If these codes work, then your device is very likely genuine. If they don't, there's a chance that it's a cloned device. Your final step while you have the device out is to look up the serial and IMEI numbers, call Samsung, and make sure that the device is genuine. Do the following to find your serial number while the device is on:

  • Open your Settings application.
  • Tap the General tab or the tab located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  • Scroll down and tap About device.
  • Tap Status.
  • Scroll down until you find IMEI and Serial number.

Write these both down and call Samsung. Verify with them that your device is genuine. If they tell you that it's genuine, then you can make your purchase: the device is an original Samsung Galaxy Grand i9082. If they tell you that it's fake, or that it's not in their system, you will want to look elsewhere for your new phone since the one you're looking at is fake.

WiFi is not detected on Samsung Galaxy Grand?

Hi, I have a Samsung Galaxy Grand i9082. Now I have a problem, if I switch ON, the WiFi is not detected on screen top and is not searching the network. I tried doing Factory Reset 2 times, but that did not solve it, can you send me suggestions, thank you

Sometimes simply switching the phone off and turning it on again can solve this problem. If that does not work then try switching it off and taking the battery out and then, after a minute, turn the phone back on.

If this does not work then try and remember if you installed any new apps just before the phone's WiFi stopped working as sometimes a new app can be the culprit. Press the apps icon on your phone and uninstall those recent apps.

If the phone still does not have active WiFi it is possible that the unit is defective so you should take it into your nearest Samsung Galaxy dealer or repair.

More questions and answers on this topic can be found here: I bought a Galaxy S5, looks pretty much convincing, but I installed group play and its limited and missing out other functions like group camcorder and video share. I installed the latest version of group play

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

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