One single reason why you shouldn’t buy a #fake #iPhone in #Saigon (#Vietnam) or #Shenzhen (#China)

Someone I know asked me to check the “Phone 4” he bought in Saigon, a fake iPhone 4 he bought in a market. the smartphone was not working since he brought it at home.

I accepted to check the phone even if I don’t know a lot about iPhone 4, I own an iPhone 3G.

First, I looked at the box: very bad printed image of the iPhone.

Box of a faked iPhone printed using poor quality printer

Box of a faked iPhone

 

The box mentioned “Phone 4” and not “iPhone 4”

Box of a faked iPhone printed Phone 4

Phone 4 printed on the box

I opened the box and a phone resembling to the iPhone 4 appeared

Phone 4 shape resembling to iPhone 4

Phone 4 shape resembling to iPhone 4

 

First impression is that the phone is not heavy, a first hint of its quality?

I check each side of the phone 4 and it looks like a real iPhone 4; all connectors or buttons seems to be present.

Phone 4, top of the smartphone

Phone 4, top of the smartphone

Phone 4, right side of the smartphone

Phone 4, right side of the smartphone

Phone 4, bottom side of the smartphone

Phone 4, bottom side of the smartphone

Phone 4, left side of the smartphone

Phone 4, left side of the smartphone

 

Face B of the phone shows an interesting information. This is the first time the term “iPhone” is used but “Designed in California. Assembled in America“.

I didn’t know that America was a country!

Phone 4, Face B of the smartphone

Phone 4, Face B of the smartphone

 

Now, let’s see the content of the box: one cable for the synchronisation and one power adapter. I tried the USB adapter and it worked.

Phone 4, box containing the cables of the  smartphone

Phone 4, box containing the cables of the smartphone

Phone 4, box containing the cables of the  smartphone

Phone 4, box containing the cables of the smartphone

Phone 4, box containing the usb adapter of the  smartphone

Phone 4, box containing the usb adapter of the smartphone

 

Again, the adapter mention “Designed by Apple in California” but the hardware is “made in China”

Phone 4, box containing the usb adapter of the  smartphone

Phone 4, box containing the usb adapter of the smartphone

 

Now, that we have checked all parts of the Phone it is time to start it but nothing happen! The screen stayed black.

I decide to use the adapter provided with the Phone 4 and plug it into the bottom side of the Phone but….

Plugin in the Phone 4 to the usb adapter

Plugin in the Phone 4 to the usb adapter

The connector of the Phone has been installed backwards! it is simple impossible to plug any USB adapter into the phone 🙂

I then tried with my Belkin USB adapter (http://amzn.to/iBIFKi), same happen!

This is quite fast the end of the game, a fake iPhone 4 bought a bit more than 150€ could not start at all and couldn’t be connected to iTunes.

You have been warned!

 

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