If you are willing to invest in an iPhone, then you should make sure you are not tricked by sellers on the market that offer fake iPhones. The first sign that something isn’t right is a considerably lower price, but if you want to make sure you aren’t refusing a potentially advantageous offer, you can also check a thing or two to determine that the iPhone 4 in question is a fake.
The first thing you should do is check the touchscreen, the battery, the card slot and the memory available. You realize that the iPhone 4 is a fake if its touchscreen reacts to a plastic or metallic stylus. A genuine iPhone would not react to an object that doesn’t conduct electricity. In addition, you shouldn’t be able to access the battery because the batteries of original iPhones aren’t replaceable by users. Moreover, you shouldn’t notice on the exterior a card slot, because the iPhone 4 doesn’t offer solutions for storage expansion. It only comes in two versions, each with a certain amount of internal memory (16 or 32GB). So, any other memory size than 16 and 32GB should make you realize you are dealing with a fake iPhone.
Secondly, you should check the smartphone’s size. A good idea is to measure the display’s diagonal with a ruler. It the ruler indicates more or less than 3.5 inches or 8.9 centimeters that means you are dealing with a fake iPhone.
A third precaution measure you can take is to inspect the icons and take a look at serial numbers. If after you turn on the phone you are offered, you notice another layout than a black background surrounded by a silver boarder and populated by four rows of icons, you should start suspecting it’s a fake. To make sure, you should visit the “Settings” menu, choose “General” and then “About”. Your actions will lead you to a serial number. To check its authenticity you should browse Apple’s website and visit the “Warranty” section. If the serial number you enter is not recognized you will know for sure that you are dealing with a fake iPhone.
You will also know that the phone is a fake if by removing its back cover you discover you can insert a SIM card. An original iPhone 4 integrates the tray where you are allowed to introduce the SIM card at the device’s top. This is definitely the first thing you should check about the iPhone you are offered. However, you can avoid all this checking by shopping only in authorized Apple stores.
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