avoid fake phones

There are many counterfeit phones in Uganda, thanks to the huge volumes of imported products from several Chinese phone makers. When spending your hard earned money to buy a used affordable phone, there’s always been one critical thing to look out for: whether the device is stolen. Thanks to the internet, this is getting easier by the day. UCC has a Verify IMEI code tool on its website, which lets you look up whether a phone is counterfeit or fake.

The site works by looking up a device’s IMEI, MEID, or ESN — unique codes that get assigned to every phone. These are sometimes printed on the back of phones, like the iPhone or Galaxy, but in other cases they can be found somewhere deep in the settings menu. If you can find them on the phone, just type *#06#.

Checking this out before buying a used phone is important for a several of reasons. But perhaps the simplest is that if the phone you get turns out to be lost or stolen, you can use this number to report to police.

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So if you’re buying a used device somewhere downtown or your phone dealer, be sure to check the UCC site first.

To get to the SIM Verification Tool check here.