Don’t get scammed! How to spot a fake iPhone With Phone Heroes on the BBC

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How can you make sure your phone isn’t a fake?  And what can you look for when you buy an iPhone to ensure that it is genuine?

Those are exactly the questions BBC TV’s Fake Britain team asked Phone Heroes last week.

Yes, that’s right – to cap off our marvellous year, the Phone Heroes team made it on to the telly last week!

We were so excited when the Fake Britain team contacted us.  They wanted expert advice they could pass on to viewers about how to spot a fake and make sure you purchase a genuine Apple product.

Phone Heroes’ Fran took a look at a fake iPhone the Fake Britain team had uncovered and helpfully showed viewers how to tell the difference between the fake and the real thing.

One clue was evident straight from the box – the fake came with a screen protector.  Genuine Apple iPhone’s don’t come with screen protectors.

The quality of the external build parts gave another clue: the fake had a plastic shell.  A genuine iPhone 5S has an aluminium back casing.

But the worst was yet to come!  Inside, the phone was a completely different build.  In a genuine iPhone the screen is completely separate from the phone, this wasn’t the case with the fake iPhone.  The fake was crudely thrown together, using components you’d expect to find in much cheaper phones.

It was the soldering of the components that most worried us, however.  It was clear that the phone had never been through testing; it should never have made it out of the factory.  In fact, we found that it was potentially unsafe.

To find out what this could mean for the unwitting purchaser of a fake phone, watch a short clip of the programme here:


It was great to be part of the show and have the opportunity to pass on some of our knowledge and experience.  Hopefully our contribution will also help a few people avoid spending money on a fake – and potentially dangerous – iPhone too!

by Esther