Time has reached at that stage where mobile/cell is no more considered as a luxury or a status-symbol but it has become a genuine necessity.. Almost every one has got his/her own mobile these days be it a multi-millionaire or a poor worker.. Mobile selling shops have flourished like Panwala shops throughout the country.. In every other corner of any area and of any city or town, you will discover mobile selling and repairing shops.. It’s an uphill task to identify the genuine mobile-handset seller in this whole conundrum of mobile shops.. But whenever you go to buy a new mobile handset, check for the following thing which I am going to mention below.. It may help you a great deal in identifying at least a genuine and original mobile-handset if not the seller/vendor and can save some of your bucks from buying a duplicate or a low-quality instrument..

I got this information as a forwarded email and I am shamelessly putting it here without a word change.. Don’t charge me for plagiarism !!.. It’s just to help you out..


Step-1) Press the following on your mobile: *#06#

Step-2) International Mobile Equipment Identity(IMEI) number appears on your screen

Step-3) Now check the 7th and 8th numbers:

7 th
8 th
Phone serial no.

  • IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 02 or 20 this means your cell phone was assembled in Emirates which is very Bad quality. (Don’t buy it.. If you have already bought it, never buy it from that shop again)
  • IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 08 or 80 this means your cell phone was manufactured in Germany which is fair quality. (It’s fine to buy the handset..If already bought, do not repent. You have taken a better step)
  • IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 01 or 10 this means your cell phone was manufactured in Finland which is very Good. (It’s a must buy.. Cant get better than this.. Also give complement and acknowledge the seller for being honest and original in this cruel-dishonest-shrewd-unkind world)
  • IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 00 this means your cell phone was manufactured in original factory which is the best Mobile Quality. (I think it’s an honor to buy such a handset.. From a original factory, huh!!.. Cant give it a second thought.. Take out your debit/credit card and just give to a seller to swipe it for you.. Don’t wait – RUSH)
  • IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 13 this means your cell phone was assembled in Azerbaijan which is very Bad quality and also dangerous for your health. (Do I have to say anything here..T hrow your handset in a trash can and buy a new one from a new shop)


Apple iPhone and it came out to be 00.. Whoaaa.. Cant ask for more, can I ??.. An original piece straight out from a apple factory.. Cooool.. I am so happy..

Well, I was so happy and was singing- dancing with a great happiness,bubbliness and satisfaction until I checked my wife Chitrali‘s nokia phone.. I had recently bought it only few days back and its IMEI showed 02.. AAAhhh!! .. It’s been assembled in Emirates and it’s of bad quality.. I bought it from original Nokia-Priority shop and yet I got a lower quality piece.. What to do ??.. Poor me :-(.. Whom can you trust now?.. Where can you really go to buy a mobile handset if this so-called original distributors of a reputed cell-phone companies are selling such handsets ??.. This is a limit.. Height of dishonesty :-(..

Do check out your handsets and let me know your status by writing comments.. Just don’t perform this steps, check the status of your handset and then just close my blog.. Putting up a comment wont make you lose any money or it wont take your much of your precious time.. So please pen down the status of your handset and the place you bought it from so that everyone can know who are the genuine vendors and who are the ones who cheat..

P.S: I am going to Ahmedabad next weekend and I will check out my mom-dad and servant’s cells and will update the post with their results..


30 Responses to “How to check if your mobile handset is original or not??”

  1. Sota – I bought a new cell after coming from india this year as my bday gift !!!
    Nokia E 65 !!!

    The numbers are 01 – yupieeeeeeeeeeee
    Nokia Finland Made !!!

    lol !!!

    cheers !!!!

  2. Received this a couple of minths back on email! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Haha!

    “Servant’s cell” sounds sooo funny!

    My advisor does not have a cellphone. But your servant does!

  4. @samy:

    Great Man .. Well, in US, the chances of phones to be fake are very blick..

    But still, it’s better to check always !!

  5. @Sakhi:

    I know, it;s a forward only.. One will get it sooner or later for sure..

    But what did your phone display??..What’s the status??

  6. @Sol:

    As I said, here in India, almost everyone has got a cell..

    By the way, u hv a mobile and what is your status??

  7. :-))

    Yup got it earlier and did a check earlier…but dont remebr what is it now:-))

    so whats ur status?

  8. @Chakoli:

    I have already explained my status.

    For my iPhone I am getting 00 ..

    For my Nokia phone I am getting 02 ..

  9. My Nokia 1200’s 7th & 8th IMEI digits r 02.

    thx… for awareness……..
    i will never buy my any future mobiles from RAJU…Ahm…

  10. @Asav:

    Ohhh man.. That is sorry to hear !!

    Better luck next time..

  11. I got 01 for both of my handsets, one nokia and one sony ericcson :)Good useful post!!

  12. can anyone update me with the bad performin 00 flashing mobile or good performing 02 flashing mobile…

    i want to know about the performance rathar than just code difference!

  13. My Sony Ericsson was a 01. That’s nice. And I thought only Nokia’s were assembled in Finland.

  14. interesting ! i tried it out ,mine turned out to be 00 yipeee !

  15. interesting ! i tried it out ,mine turned out to be 00 yipeee !

  16. @opinionsandexpressions:

    M glad that u found it useful .. Thanks !!

  17. @Paresh:

    Thanks for visiting my blog .. Keep coming often !!

  18. @Ill(eagele):

    There is a similarity between bad performing 00 mobile and good performing 02 mobile handsets.. Both are very rareto find..

    U hv to be extremely unlucky to hv bad performing 00 mobile..

    U hv to be extremely lucky to have good performing 02 mobile.

  19. @Ishmeet:

    That’s great buddy !!

    I know that Nokia has a headquarter in Finland but did not know that other handsets are also manufactured tehre..

    May be, finland is a silicon-valley of mobile handset manufacturing..

  20. @meghana & @moregyan4u:

    Are you both same??..

    Anyways, congrats for an original piece..

  21. hey ! ๐Ÿ™‚ yeah sorry,both r me only ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. oh! yeah

    mine is 01 and doing fine from last one year!!1


  23. @moregyan4u aka meghna:

    That’s ok.. No need to be sorry ..

    I was just making sure .. No problem at all ..

  24. @Illeagle:

    ’01’ are of the best quality .. Made in finland ..

  25. hey can u forward me the mail? i want to mail it to my friends.

  26. @opinionandexpression:

    I will surely forward that email..

    But u can tell ur friends to visit my blog and I cang et few more readers ๐Ÿ˜‰

    LOL !!

    E-mail is on its way !!

  27. hey thnaks soham…..i share it with all my friends……!!

  28. @Himani:

    Thanks himani !! .. It’s a free stuff .. Share it and spread it !!

  29. quite interesting read. I would love to follow you on twitter.

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