How to Check If an iPhone Is Genuine

Written by daniel boateng
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How to Check If an iPhone Is Genuine
It is easy to tell a fake iPphone from a real one. (téléphone portable 3g image by Thierry Hoarau from

The iPhone has revolutionised the age of smart phones and electronics. Like every product, it has its share of fake versions reproduced by companies who look to make a fortune out of the popularity of these phones. Many people who cannot afford the real ones opt for the fakes. There are a few things to  to look out for so you can spot a genuine one from a fake and don't get scammed.

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    Turn your phone over so you can view the information printed at the back of the phone. There should be an Apple logo in silver and "iPhone" etched under it. There should also be a model number, an FCC ID if the phone was bought in the United States and an IC ID number. All iPhones must have a line that says "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China."

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    Check the buttons on the iPhone, as all models of the phone possess the same structure of buttons. There always is a round button just below the touchscreen, a sleep or wake button at the very top of the phone, a button for regulating the volume located on the left side, a mute button or switch above that. Any buttons other than those mean the phone is a fake.

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    Look out for network carriers. iPhones can be unlocked and used on any other network, but in the United States iPhones sold and sealed in the box should only be compatible with the AT&T carrier. If anything shows that the phone is compatible with other U.S. networks, there is a greater chance the phone is not genuine.

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    Check for Apple-licensed applications (apps). You should be able to see certain apps which come by default with the iPhone operating system, including iTunes, an iPod utility and the App store. iPhones do not leave the factory without these applications, and they cannot be deleted.

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    Check the design. All iPhones share similarities in design .They all have a rounded back except the new iPhone 4G, which is rectangular and flat at the back. The colour of the casing is usually black or white, except the first generation, which came in silver. Any other colours mean the phone is a fake.

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