‘Dayo and I took a road trip to Zaria in Northern Nigeria over the weekend (articles on the trip coming up) to set things in motion there for a national survey of mobile subscribers that Mobility is conducting.
One of our contacts had a phone that looked convincingly like a Nokia. It has a Nokia design, and a proper Nokia logo on it. Well, yes. That was until I went through the menu. Fake! Another dead giveaway was the battery – it was a plain job with none of the authentic Nokia prints on it.
On asking her about the phone, she told me that it heats up a lot, and battery life and signal quality are really bad. Those are not all of the negatives about such a fake product, of course. But rather than re-write at all out, here’s a great article on the subject: Global Brands advise customers to stay away from fake phones.