Yes, bootleg phones may cost a whole lot less than original phones but that’s only because manufacturing them is cheap. How? Sub-standard parts (and cheap labor, most are from Chinese companies), which also means that these cheap imitations does not perform as well as originals and that their lifespan is quite short.
What’s the point of buying a substandard phone when you’ll have to dump it in two months?
Which Nokia Phones are Being Copied?According to Nokia, The latest phone models like Nokia N81, Nokia 5310, Nokia N95, Nokia N82, Nokia 6120 etc are being sold at a half to third of the original price. They’re branded Nokia and sometimes even the packaging is made to look like the real thing.
How to Spot a Fake?
Nokia's GuidelinesNokia has also provided some guidelines in checking a phones legitimacy before and, or after purchase.
* Warranty: Nokia mobile phones bought in the Nokia Store or from its authorized dealers have a blue 12-month limited warranty sticker from Nokia Care slapped on the top or side parts of the phone’s box .A Nokia Care Tamper Proof warranty sticker is also found in the mobile phone’s accessories such as the charger, battery, memory card, or data cable.
* Stamp of Approval: All Nokia phones bought from the Nokia Store or any of its authorized dealers have a Tamper Proof Type label at the back of each mobile phone along with the NTC logo and the Type acceptance number as part of one sticker. Also found in the back of the mobile phone is the Nokia tamper proof Warranty Seal.
* Battery: To see if your battery is the real thing, you have to make sure the hologram label reflects the Nokia Connecting Hands at one angle and the Original Enhancements logo at another angle. When you angle the hologram on the left, right, down and upsides of the logo, you should see 1, 2, 3 and 4 dots on each side respectively.
General Guidelines A few more guidelines that you can follow:
1. Price - This should be the very first thing you should look at. If the price of the phone is way cheap, half or a even third of the original price, it’s most likely to be a scam.
2. Weight - Check out the official specification of the phone you are purchasing or have purchased and compare. Fake phones tend to weigh lighter than original ones.
3. Colour - Some Nokia phones come only in limited colours (out of the box, not referring to phones already attached with custom housings) so if it’s an odd colour, be wary.
4. Missing or Added features - Features are mostly the reason we buy mobile phones so do a cross-reference with the features on the phone with the official specification list. Although imitations may copy the features list, they’re still man made so flaws are still present.
5. Unofficial Models - The disadvantage of having SO MANY phone models is that it’s easy for imitations to choose a phone family as a niche and start creating non-official models that you can’t find on the officials manufacturer’s catalogue.
6. Keep your receipt - Not only will it be your 'proof of purchase' when claiming warranty, it’ll also save you time in remembering the store where you bought your phone. If you’ve found that your phone is a fake, you can use the receipt as evidence when you report it to the proper authorities.