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to feel its wrong to buy a copy of a popular mobile phone

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wilsonq2 Sun 09-Nov-14 14:51:12

Hi all, I want a new phone. I don't need it but it would be nice, had my last one for 2 years and its good but want just a better everything and at 300 I think I've had a good run with it.

I want a top end mobile, they are about 600. Dh is saying I should buy a copy as the hardware is the same but it only costs 150. He says there is nothing illegal or immoral about it as I would just be paying for the manufacturing costs and not advertising and shareholders.

He likens it to shopping in lidl and getting sprinter crisps, rather than the other brand.

Aibu to think this all still sounds quite wrong?

Catsarebastards Sun 09-Nov-14 14:53:04

Do you mean buy another brand of phone from a shop that looks like the top brand but is much cheaper?

MrsCSoprano Sun 09-Nov-14 14:56:58

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SmilesandPilesOfPresents Sun 09-Nov-14 15:00:13

Your DH is right.

bettyswa Sun 09-Nov-14 15:08:42

Name the phone. If it is an iPhone there are no alternatives. Unless it is made by Apple it won't run IOS.

However if it is Android there are a ton of excellent phones from smaller companies that you might not have heard of which equal the named brands.

wilsonq2 Sun 09-Nov-14 15:22:46

Well it looks almost identical to the real one (s5), just with a different logo on it. It isn't the fruit phone but the other company. It looks like they have tried to copy everything but the logo.

Catsarebastards Sun 09-Nov-14 15:24:31

Are you talking about a phone that is available for sale legally in a legitimate phone shop or online? Or are you buying off a lorry?

VivaLeBeaver Sun 09-Nov-14 15:24:52

Your dh is right in that it isn't counterfeit goods.

Whether its as good as an s5 or not I have no idea. Probably not.

Siarie Sun 09-Nov-14 15:25:56

Depends if you are talking about a counterfeit or just a similar product. I really do not agree with counterfeit for various reasons, safety, moral, social etc.

But if you are talking about just s cheaper phone that isn't mimicking a branded phone then that's ok. Although personally I buy said expensive phone brand for it's build quality, operating system and customer service when things go wrong.

I would NOT recommend buying a counterfeit phone given that those products may not have been put through the same safety requirements.

FraidyCat Sun 09-Nov-14 15:35:53

I had never heard of copying phones, but apparently it is a thing. I found a review comparing a copy with the original:-

Mrsjayy Sun 09-Nov-14 15:43:34

My friends sons dad bought him a copy phone from china (I think) it broke within a month and nobody would fix it for him waste of money friend said.

wilsonq2 Sun 09-Nov-14 16:46:13

Yes like that cat, although dh says now that its been out a while they are much better unlike that review. Apparently it has the same octapus and screen pixels.

The no guantee I think is the main issue, 150 would be wasted where as for 600 it does have a two year guarantee

VivaLeBeaver Sun 09-Nov-14 16:49:13

Why don't you get an s4 rather than an s5? I'd really have thought that an s4 is better than a copy phone. I had to upgrade from an s3 to an s4 after a toilet dunking incident and I can't tell the difference in performance. I can't imagine an s5 is that much better than an s4.

Get one on contract for what maybe £20 a month, maybe less. With minutes, etc so hopefully you won't have to pay anything else. No upfront cost. If you buy a handset for £600 you'd then have to pay for all your calls and texts.

wilsonq2 Sun 09-Nov-14 19:04:44

Hi viva, well that's exactly the reason I want the s5 as its fully waterproof! Not really into contracts as no signal at home and pay as you go is so cheap I probably only use 20 quid a year on three

VivaLeBeaver Sun 09-Nov-14 19:12:30

Oooh, I didnt know the s5 was waterproof. Is the copy phone also waterproof?

wilsonq2 Sun 09-Nov-14 19:14:19

Apparently so, although obviously that is dubious.... Its supposed to be 97% identical, so tempting but I know its risky

ThePinkOcelot Sun 09-Nov-14 19:20:09

Yeh, but if you are paying £600 for a payg phone, you are paying more than you would for a contract.

TheFinalNamechange Sun 09-Nov-14 22:50:29

I had a "clone phone" earlier in the summer that I bought primarily because it was dual sim. It was an almost identical copy of the s5 except the dimensions were very sightly different. It lasted about 2 months before the LCD display died and I have had no response from the seller I bought it from. Until it died, it was a fantastic phone but I now have a Samsung s5 mini complete with waterproofness (?!) and peace of mind. Caveat emptor and all that...

wilsonq2 Mon 10-Nov-14 06:25:06

Thanks, does sound like even if its 1\4 the price its probably overpriced

Iggly Mon 10-Nov-14 06:31:06

Get a secondhand phone.

Or on contract.

But no way would I get a clone. It would break or be crap IMO.

Or, and this is radical, you don't need to get an "iPhone". There are other better phones out there.

Petallic Mon 10-Nov-14 06:54:12

I wouldn't bother - I visit friends abroad and they all have the Chinese-copy versions of Nokia/samsung etc and they don't work anywhere near as well. I'm always asked to bring secondhand phones with me as it's so expensive to get the genuine versions there. Buy a secondhand phone from eBay/high street instead.

Blueskyfluffyclouds Mon 10-Nov-14 07:12:06

Iggly - op isn't in about getting an iPhone, it's a copy of a Samsung (I think)

I wouldn't get the clone though, just because If out breaks then it would be difficult or impossible to fix and replace.

Try and get a refurbished handset or second hand phone maybe?

funkybuddah Mon 10-Nov-14 07:15:10

i work wi th mobiles and have seen copies of the latest Samsung for example. Looks great but has no internal memory, the memory card slot was missing and it wouldn't connect to wifi. Lots of little anomalies that rendered the phone a pretty brick.

Methe Mon 10-Nov-14 07:21:03

What's the point in having a fancy phone of you only use 20 quid a year's worth of call and it doesn't work in your house?

DogCalledRudis Mon 10-Nov-14 08:32:49

I wouldn't. Probably will be shite that nobody would repair.

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