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  1. AXEL314's Avatar
    Sherlock: Thanks for this very informative and detailed post. I had no idea the GN4 (and now other flagshipdevices) were being copied with a shockingly high level of attention to detail. Knockoffs are no longer laughably obvious. Please ignore the judgmental trolls and know that your post has proved an invaluable heads up to me and other members of this board. I have just purchased a good GN4 off Ebay since my major carrier has run out of new GN4's. Given the lack of a removable battery on the GN5 and likely the GN6 (based on the S7 rumors) and the lack of an SD card on the GN5, the Note 4 is the only choice for picky power users like me. The used market is going to be the only option for most of us that still have the Note, Note2,, and Note3's. On another note, (no pun intended) the secondary market on EBay is an excellent choice for smart shoppers burned by the Asurion Insurance ripoff from AT&T/Verizon/Sprint/Etc for older phones like the GN4 and earlier Notes. If your phone is more than a year old, my recommendation is to stop paying for insurance. I am rocking a spotless older Note 2 from EBay that I purchased for less than the cost of an Asurian Insurance replacement. One EBay tip I will pass on is to never buy from a seller with little or no ratings/membership history on EBay and to always read any recent negative reviews. There is a special place in hell for swindlers that target ordinary folks like us.

    There are now a slew of "Fake GN4" videos on YouTube as this problem has become a real issue. I've pasted a link below:
    B&H is a very reliable source to pick up smartphones. Bought my brand new, unlocked international variant Note 4 from here. Plus they offer a one year warranty.

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    04-03-2016 06:56 AM
  2. hkj324's Avatar
    I also have very good luck via Craigslist. I'm not one to buy electronics or jewelry on it and I am not going to meet people alone after dark for pretty much anything, but I have found some great people, a few who are now friends of mine on CL. Somebody must be watching over me!
    04-27-2016 02:58 PM
  3. jammer124's Avatar
    Resurrection of a 3yr old thread, my apologies.

    I found this thread via google.
    @ post #50 on page2 a pic is posted of the frame sticker that states "Mobile Phone"....
    this sticker it is very similar to a N4 I recently acquired.

    This frame sticker on recent purchase N4 immediately threw a red flag.
    I have owned a number of N4's and as far as I can tell the phone hardware is 100%.
    CPU-z, *#0*# & "about phone" have identical specs when compared to my existing legit N4.

    So the only thing that is puzzling is a weird frame sticker and the S/N's do not match.
    Other small accessory differences:
    1. The S-pen has a non-removable tip and is not quite as responsive.
    2. rear door has a leathery look but not the same feel.
    3. battery is non-NFC (a NFC equipped battery allows NFC function)
    4. Odd "apple" 2018 WX decal, also has no water damage button sticker.

    Does this look like a correct authentic frame sticker?
    Can anyone shed some experience if this is counterfeit or legit?
    09-15-2019 08:04 PM
  4. jammer124's Avatar
    pics attached
    Attached Thumbnails Guide to spot fake/counterfeit Galaxy Note 4-20190914_fake.jpg   Guide to spot fake/counterfeit Galaxy Note 4-20190914_fake2.jpg  
    09-15-2019 08:12 PM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    Is the note 4 your daily driver?
    pics attached
    09-15-2019 08:19 PM
  6. jammer124's Avatar
    I purchased this this questionable counterfeit "like New" N4 to replace my existing N4.
    09-15-2019 08:31 PM
  7. mustang7757's Avatar
    Oh ok .. welcome to the forums!
    I purchased this this questionable counterfeit "like New" N4 to replace my existing N4.
    09-15-2019 08:36 PM
  8. jammer124's Avatar
    I though your question would lead somewhere? What does the relevance of usage play in my question of whether this N4 is counterfeit ?
    09-16-2019 01:32 PM
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