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How to identify a fake Tecno phone

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    mukilat Upcoming Guru

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    I got an email from a very disturbed fan a few weeks back. He was the laughing stock of his friends because he’d bought a fake Tecno phone. A few days later, I found myself in the company of some guy bragging about how customized his Tecno M3 was. I happen to own a Tecno M3 (which I nick-named “Lazarus” because it died many times but somehow rose each time) so I decided to take a look at this Mystery phone. Yes, he’d changed the fonts and UI (I really wonder why this is most people’s definition of “Customized”) but aside from those, it felt like a regular Tecno M3. Something I couldn’t put a finger on felt off….and then I figured it out…it was a cloned (fake) Tecno M3.

    Are the IMEI and VC code a true test to check if a Tecno phone is original?

    My first encounter with a fake (cloned) Tecno phone was with a forum member whose Tecno M3 proved mighty stubborn. I had to employ some dev tactics to get it to work but couldn’t explain why it defied traditional fixes, not until I encountered a fake one myself.

    Just like you reading this post, I Googled “How to check if a Tecno phone is original or fake” and I came across many posts but all said essentially the same thing in many ways which – in summary – was for you to go to http://gc.tecno-mobile.com/ , enter your IMEI and VC code then select click Submit (as shown in the image below) .

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    As a Tech. enthusiast, I was very disappointed to see many well respected Nigerian Tech. blogs put up fancy tutorials around this and feel justified. The above IMEI-VC method of checking if a Tecno phone is original is just like:

    Q: Please, where is the Tecno office?
    A: Just look for any building with Tecno written anywhere on it and you’re there!

    As ridiculous as that sounds, that’s essentially what the above method is.
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    Read the full article at the Source: How to identify a fake Tecno phone

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    True!
    The most reliable way to detect a fake Tecno phone is by scrutinizing the specs
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    Hovatek Upcoming Guru

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    that method is far from reliable. I wonder why Tecno would put up such and go to sleep considering how shallow such a test is.
    I've seen several fake Tecno phones that passed that test.
    We've been carrying out some research and published a guide @ https://blog.hovatek.com/how-to-identify-a-fake-tecno-phone/ on how to really identify fake Tecno phones. you really should check it out.
    We'll keep updating it as we encounter more fake / cloned Tecno phones
    If you disagree after reading it then I would gladly discuss it with you
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    Another way too is through MTK Droid Tools. If you connect it to the phone, it shows your Fake Chip set and tells you it is fake

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    MTK droid tools is one way to differentiate original from fake but not exactly in the way you've mentioned.
    If you connect an original Tecno tablet (N9, P9 or G9) to MTK Droid tools, you'll get this error, not because the phone is fake per se but because of a mismatch in the kernel info.

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    When you have a brand whose official website doesn't even contain the complete specs of their own devices (and you have to rely on third party websites to get this info), then what you'll have is a misinformed fanbase

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    well.....mine is not fake
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    Not just Tecno Tablets. Some other TECNO phones I've seen
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    what tests did you run on yours to confirm this?
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    he probably may be talking by faith...:grin:

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    lol!
    I really would love to know why he is so convinced though

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    guess he bought it from techno office
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    maybe or by as e dey

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    If Tecno staff rely solely on on the IMEI-VC method them i'm afraid the only original Tecno phones they'll be able to identify are those from their office.
    Samsung's sales are plummeting and cloned Samsung phones aren't helping matters.
    I sure hope Tecno realizes how serious this thing is because the numbers have been on the rise and I've personally seen a fake Tecno M3 which passed the IMEI-VC test in flying colors.
    Its been fun chatting with you guys.
    Signing out of this thread..
    If you encounter a suspicious or fake Tecno phone then you can drop your observation(s) as a comment at the thread below so we include it in our growing list.
    ----> How to identify a fake Tecno phone <----

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    These clones tecno phones are everywhere like never before. Tecno H5 clone is the one leading I guess.

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    Thanks for the info. I think lots of guys in this forum will learn a great deal and be careful when buying Tecno phones.

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