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Are fake phones a problem on Ebay?

If you buy a phone on Ebay is there a chance you might end up with a fake? Fake Britain on BBC showed a fake iPhone 4 that looked just like the real thing!

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 15:18

Fakes, not really. You're more likely to buy a blocked phone, or a phone which is blocked after you've bought it when the seller reports it stolen to claim on his/her insurance.

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 15:21

Of course... check feedback etc (I'm not an eBayer). I know quite a few folks here in Ireland who ended up with all sorts of rubbish - thinking the buy an N95 or iPhone etc...
Few days before the iPhone launched in Ireland I saw someone buy an iPhone Book in a bookshop. I asked her how she liked her iPhone, she pulled 'it' from the purse, saying, "I can't imagine how I lived without it"... it, unfortunately was not an iPhone. In fact, it didn't even resemble one ;)
I've been offered phones where vendors genuinely thought they were selling x when it was y...

Now, to be fair, some of those fakes were advertised with the correct incorrect name and people just hit 'bid' before they checked the specs again...

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 15:24

...PS
I did notice recently a US import that was a CDMA device. And the vendor claimed a "software tweak" would adapt the CDMA Bionic to GSM...that is just plain bullsh*t

matt101101 / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 15:49

...PS
I did notice recently a US import that was a CDMA device. And the vendor claimed a "software tweak" would adapt the CDMA Bionic to GSM...that is just plain bullsh*t

Hahaha, that's funny.

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