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Can Fake Phones Be Carrier Locked?

I'm looking to buy a used phone. I am in Canada and most of the phones (Galaxy s7 edge) are carrier locked. I know that there are a lot of phones that are fake, and so I was wondering that if it is locked to a carrier, does that mean the phone can't be fake?

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Clarification Request
I need some clarification

In reply to: Can Fake Phones Be Carrier Locked?

So if the phone I want to buy from the seller is a used Galaxy S7 Edge, and it is carrier locked to Rogers, that means that the Galaxy S7 Edge can still be fake? The price of the phone is average for used but the seller says he doesn't have a camera so I can't see physical details of the phone. I just want to make sure it's not fake or stolen. Thank you.

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Why risk it?

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I'm not the seller, I can only answer the question up top that sure, yes it can happen.

As to stolen, get the IMEI and ask Rogers to check if it's stolen.

You can try some checkers at https://www.google.com/search?q=imei+checker

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Answer
Yes.

In reply to: Can Fake Phones Be Carrier Locked?

That's an easy question. It's important to ask if it is unlocked and deal with folk that will make it right if it doesn't work out.

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Hmmmm...

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"the seller says he doesn't have a camera so I can't see physical details of the phone"? sounds off to me.
Dafydd.

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Yeah but...

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Well, obviously before I buy it, I'm going to personally inspect it.

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Before that.

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Get the IMEI and check it out.

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He's not responding back

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Yeah he's not responding after I asked him for an IMEI. I think I'm going to report him to EBay for trying to sell a fake phone. He has a brand new account with no previous ratings either, no pictures of his phone, no evidence that it's not a fake galaxy. Plus last time he responded he asked if I wanted it shipped to me and he'd pay for shipping.

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May be either. More concerned about

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But without the IMEI you can't find out if you can get it unlocked from Rogers or if it has some contract still.

The usual ripoff is to get such under contract, bail and sell for more than the subsidized price is.

Post was last edited on May 20, 2017 5:40 PM PDT

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Don't get it

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If the guy does not want to give you the IMEI, then don't go with it. I used to see lot of S6 fake phone and its really hard to check if its fake or not since everything looks similar. The only thing that we could see is checking the IMEI and of course check the hardware component using CPU Z.

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