‘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.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.