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PSA: Don't get scammed on Kijiji. Real vs Fake Samsung Galaxy S4

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PSA: Don't get scammed on Kijiji. Real vs Fake Samsung Galaxy S4

2014 UPDATE: Samsung FAKES do NOT have a download mode. On MOST samsung phones of current and last generations you can enter download mode from power off state by holding Volume down + Home + Power. You should see the following two screens. Walk AWAY if you don't see them.

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*********** Original OP********
This is a picture comparison between a real S4 i337M and fake i9500, available in GTA for over $500!! I do realize that somethings will be different because of a cheap international imitation, but this should help and would-be buyers off craigslist/kijiji. Dont get scammed. Upcoming: I will be posting numbers/ads of individuals who are selling fakes as real deal.

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..lol

so much for fake quality. General rule of thumb; Anything of recent arrival with a "high cool factor" relating to phones/tablets/netbooks, do not buy it from a guy on Kijiji/CraigsList or someone at Tim Horton's. too much chance for a fake item. Last year I had someone offering me "genuine" Canada Goose jackets as i was coming out Tim Horton's on the way to work. It was suppose to be a deal of the century.. :lol:
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Nothing wrong with Kijiji/Craigslist for new items... Just use due diligence before making your purchase. If you think it's a shady deal... Walk away.
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Are you telling me that you can distinguish between a real unit and the fake without having this information beforehand? ;)

@OP: btw, very helpful post. Thank you.
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Thank(ed)s!

When I buy SEALED units I do open it just to see if it's there. Now, I will fully inspect it.

OP, do you have a picture of the box. I've seen fake iPhone's and the packaging they use clearly says fake.
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When you say fake i9500 do you mean i9500s sold as 337s? Or actual fake 9500s.

I ask because the 95 isn't an actual fake as we know. It's an actual Samsung SKU and distinct model.
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eldiablo wrote: Are you telling me that you can distinguish between a real unit and the fake without having this information beforehand? ;)

@OP: btw, very helpful post. Thank you.
If you are buying a brand new item, chances are they will still have the receipt unless it was a 'gift', etc. If it were a Rogers or iPhone, you can also look up the serial/IMEI number to ensure it is a legit item.
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Do these counterfeit have those wooden pattern printed boxes on them ?
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ichpen wrote: When you say fake i9500 do you mean i9500s sold as 337s? Or actual fake 9500s.
This was sold a real S4. Not sure if it was sold as a i337, or i9500.
sexyj wrote: Do these counterfeit have those wooden pattern printed boxes on them ?
Apparently they do have the full box fake experience....

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^ If fakes are package like that (similar to the iPhone I saw) than I have nothing to worry about.
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Are people buying these just so they can feel special and have an "S4?"
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AndroidRootGuy wrote: This was sold a real S4. Not sure if it was sold as a i337, or i9500.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding something but the i9500 is an actual S4 not a fake S4. It's the International non-North American octa core non-LTE model of the S4 unless I'm mistaken.

Are you saying it's being sold as an i337? Or is it an actual fake i.e. not a genuine 9500? Lots of folks do sell i9500, genuine ones out there.

I ask because your pics indicate the fake is an i9500 compared to an i337. I'm wondering if there's a comparison pic between a genuine i9500 and a fake one.
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I will post pictures if I get a genuine i9500.

The one in the pictures is fake, android 4.2.9!

There are couple real vs fake i9500 videos on YouTube as well.
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ichpen wrote: Maybe I'm misunderstanding something but the i9500 is an actual S4 not a fake S4. It's the International non-North American octa core non-LTE model of the S4 unless I'm mistaken.

Are you saying it's being sold as an i337? Or is it an actual fake i.e. not a genuine 9500? Lots of folks do sell i9500, genuine ones out there.

I ask because your pics indicate the fake is an i9500 compared to an i337. I'm wondering if there's a comparison pic between a genuine i9500 and a fake one.
The fake S4 also has model number i9500 (PA i9500):

http://www.priceangels.com/PA-i9500-S4- ... 77967.html
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Wow that's crazy. The counterfeit is really close to the real deal.
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well when you build an all plastic phone, anyone can copy you.

yes, i know there are iPhone 5 counterfeits, but they were way easier to spot than taking a magnifying glass and finding small imperfections.
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wow that's a pretty good fake. unless you have one previously to compare it, you'd really never know.
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This is such an informative post, I had no idea.

Now I'm actually considering one for personal use as a gift to my little brother since they're so cheap @ 199$.

I find it disgusting that people are selling these on kijiji as legitimate.

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