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

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A friend of mine in the UK will purchase Samsung S5 for me and then will bring it? How can I recognize that it is original or clone?

I do not really know how to compare original S5 vs fake?

The UK has some fairly strict laws on counterfeited items going through Customs at a port of entry. You could ask them to register the device on the Samsung website with your Google Account, in the event that they lose the phone or need to use Samsung's Find My Mobile. If the device fails to register then it is a clone.

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I'm buying an S5 for R1000 but it's made in Korea but the touch is gone can it be fixed & is it original?

Can it be fixed and is it original

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Can't guarantee that the phone is real, but you can do some fact checking based on suggestions from the article on this page. Touch screens can be replaced for about $100 USD. They are repairable, but keep in mind, that if the touch is not responding due to further hardware issue the price can go up fast.

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My S5 is made in China, G900v by Verizon, I am buying it 2nd hand ! is it genuine or fake?

My S5 is made in China, G900v by Verizon, I am buying it 2nd hand ! is it genuine or fake?

Here is an example of a Samsung S5 by Verizon. All the specifications have been posted on the Samsung website. If you are buying the device second hand, check in the app drawer for the Samsung Galaxy App store. If you can pull it up with available apps, then the phone is likely genuine. You can also request the IMEI number.

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How do I know which country made my S5?

How do I know which country made my S5?

Remove the back cover of your Samsung Galaxy S5 (check our tutorial for a similar phone to see how it is done). Then, remove the battery. Look at the label on the smartphone under the battery. There should be "IMEI" followed by numbers. Now, the 7th and 8th numbers represent the country. Here is the list of the numbers and countries:

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  • 01 or 10: Finland;
  • 02 or 20: United Arab Emirates or India;
  • 03, 04, 30, or 40: China;
  • 05 or 50: Brazil, USA or Finland;
  • 06 or 60: Hong Kong, China or Mexico;
  • 08 or 80: Germany;
  • 13: Azerbaijan;
  • 00: the original factory.
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Identify a Genuine/Original Versus a Fake/Cloned Samsung Galaxy Phone

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