Fake Nokia Mobile Devices
Got an email from Nokia Philippines telling me that there’s an alarming increase in the proliferation of fake Nokia phones in the country. The only knock-off brand that comes to mind, Nokla. Does that mean that people can still easily get fooled with these cloned phones?
All the popular phones by Nokia are immediately copied by underground manufacturers, mostly coming from China. I guess that’s a common trade-off for being a popular mobile brand worldwide.
According to Nikka Abes, Corporate Communications Manager for Nokia Philippines:
The latest phone models like Nokia N81, Nokia 5310, Nokia N95, Nokia N82, Nokia 6120, etc. are being sold at a 1/2 to 1/3 of the original price. They’re branded Nokia and sometimes even the packaging is made to look like the real thing. Some are being brought to the Nokia Care Centers for repair and of course, because they are fake, they are turned down.
It’s funny that some people can still be fooled by these cheapo knock-offs. Nokia shares some tips on what to look for to know if your Nokia phones are legit or not:
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.
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.
I’d also like to add a few of my own tips.
Get an Official Receipt. Take names and numbers of the manager or sales lady, especially if you’re buying in a stall or corner stand. Get the name of the company and their address. Who knows, maybe when you come back a week later to have it replaced, they’re not already in the same spot.
Just a fair warning to everyone.