May 17 2010

How to spot a fake iphone

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Ok, so I’ve just spent the last few days trying to find an iphone 3gs 32gig for sale on the net. You’d think this would be a fairly easy task right? Only I resent paying full pop for a product that is already on it’s way to being obsolete so I’ve been looking for a wholesale iphone 3gs 32gig.

Guess what?

There are a ton of fakers out there! Gasp! Who knew that this would be such a hot commodity. I guess I should have known but I’ve been too busy being pissed off at my cel provider for offering the product practically free to new clients while ignoring existing ones.

I have to digress for a second here. I had a Blackberry Pearl. Not the greatest phone in the world. It kept substituting “d” for “f” consequently making me tell people to “duck off” on more than one occasion. Although good for a laugh, it was highly irritating.

Anyway, the Pearl served it’s purpose and I liked it well enough. About a month after I signed up with Telus they brought in the iphone. I was choked! I definitely am a mac addict and wanted that phone. Then, my 11 year old poured gatorade into my Pearl. They don’t like that much. It crapped out. I went to Telus, fessed up that the phone had been drowned in sugar water and asked for a replacement.

Yah, they don’t do that.

I guess no phone company does that. Which is why there are million phone scammers on the internet. Which brings me back to how to spot a fake iphone.

When I first started the search I went to the old standby, ebay. There were a few on there and I saw a red one that was super cool.

But during the search I started to think about scams and frauds and how if I were a scammer I’d probably have a work-around for ebay.

Turns out that Apple did not make a red iphone! Holy cow, I didn’t know that! I actually found a great article online that has allowed me to fully protect myself from these con artists. You can read it here, http://www.everythingicafe.com/blog/how-to-spot-a-fake-iphone/2009/12/15/

In a nutshell, here’s what you need to know:
1. iphones only come in black and white
2. do not send money via Western Union to someone you do not know (this is what they all insist on for payment but WU says if someone insists, it’s a scam.)
3. if it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true
4. get a serial number. I did this 3x and only 1 vendor sent me a valid number. However, he wanted Western Union for payment so, no go on that one.
5. there are lots of fakes out there (see photo) They look exactly the same and there will be no way to tell, from a photo, that they are fakes. The serial number is your only defense against this.

Definitely check out the video at the end of this post. Protect yourself and be smart! Good luck.

Oh, I may have a place to order from but I’m awaiting a serial number. I’ll let you know if it pans out!