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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by asdffdsa32, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. asdffdsa32

    asdffdsa32 Lurker
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    Hi i bought Htc Desire from ebay from uk seller and i am waiting for him to ship it to me on monday. I asked for serial and imei numbers and also he sent some pics. It seems that mobile was ok but when i went to check Imei number on International Numbering Plans, 2001-2011 it said: Mobile Equipment Type HTC Desire G7 (A8181)
    i am confused about that "G7" as when i searched google it seems that G7 are some chinese clones of HTC Desire. When i tried imei number of my brothers desire on the same site it showed just HTC Desire A8181 without G7. Do i have a reason to worry?

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  2. tictactaylor

    tictactaylor Lurker

    It's a clone I believe. Has windows mobile 6.5 as o/s. HTC Desire G7/A8181 is very confusing but a google search does indeed show it for what it is. Best of luck though, get your cash back I recommend.
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  3. tictactaylor

    tictactaylor Lurker

    Just a quick thought, the Desire is available in the UK for only
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  4. When you get it don't accept the package as it will be send back to the sender. Then tell him to credit you back or file claim. Have to love eBay and people that is in it lol.
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  5. asdffdsa32

    asdffdsa32 Lurker
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    maybe this pic can help?
    Seller i bought it from has 100% feedback and has sold many branded different mobile phones including htc desire. Maybe even if that site reports it as a G7 it is still original?
  6. Syphadeus

    Syphadeus Newbie

    My IMEI denotes G7 also, but my Desire is a genuine unit.

    It runs Froyo 2.2 and I've downloaded the latest OTA HTC update available. SLCD screen etc, it is unbranded but I purchased it new sealed boxed from Carphonewarehouse.

    From what I've seen, the Chinese knock off runs Windows Mobile (and doesn't hide that fact) and the headphone jack is on the bottom next to the microUSB port, whereas the Desire's is at the top of the phone. The real model's screen resolution is also higher.

    You'll have to check to see. Still if he doesn't send what he's told you it is i.e. a HTC Desire, you can still claim because it's not as it's described.
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  7. asdffdsa32

    asdffdsa32 Lurker
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    well i guess i was worrying to much. Seller confirmed that it runs android and that it is genuine HTC Desire. I just got worried by that G7 thing but seems like it just report it that way.
  8. williamj1

    williamj1 Android Enthusiast

    The above picture you posted is exactly word for word icon for icon (except serial number and IMIE etc obviously) the same as the box that came with my genuine HTC Desire. They surely don't copy the box in as much detail if its a con?
  9. pav4n

    pav4n Newbie

    My desire is official, direct from a T-Mobile store and it says "HTC G7 Desire (A8181)" on that site.
  10. hainman

    hainman Member

    hi.i have a legit o2 branded hanset(well notanymore)and when i go to settings the about phone then imie etc it says model number htc desire A8181
  11. I get that too on my desire unbranded and unlocked.
  12. xellenr

    xellenr Lurker

    I have bought HTD Desire and also when I check IMEI number it shows HTC Desire G7 (A8181). But I see asdffdsa32 your picture of the htc box that says Made in Taiwan, on mine it says MADE IN CHINA....and also behind the battery, in the phone it says Made in China... do I have a reason to doubt that it is original HTS Desire..what do you think???
  13. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    The clones generally run Windows mobile 6.x

    Is yours running Android?
  14. dannylill1981

    dannylill1981 Member

    a good way to avoid clones as well as what SUroot said is they generally have dual sim and built in tv.
  15. dannylill1981

    dannylill1981 Member

    youd be amazed they generally copy the boxes exactly, the only real way to tell from the box is the images on the box often look washed out or not as colorful as the original.

    look here:

  16. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Sounds quite good actually. Where do I get one?
  17. deanshep85

    deanshep85 Android Expert

    yea I want one too!! with dual sim at least :D:;);):p:p
  18. dannylill1981

    dannylill1981 Member

    Lol ebay........although im sure you wouldnt be able to live with the pathetic 530mhz cpu and windows os.
  19. sookster54

    sookster54 Android Expert

    The "A8181" is correct, never seen the "G7" though, I'm pretty sure it's a legit model.

    However, there's a reason why I don't buy electronics and such from ebay, I only buy little things such as batteries, usb hubs, cases, computer components and accessories. And I completely avoid Craigslist and Kijiji, you wouldn't believe the crap on those.
  20. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Each (recent) model is a G number

    HTC Dream (T-Mobile) G1,
    HTC Magic (T-mobile) G2,
    HTC Hero G3,
    HTC Tatoo G4,
    HTC Nexus 1 G5,
    HTC Legend G6,
    HTC Desire G7,
    HTC Wildfire G8,
    HTC Aria G9,
    HTC Desire HD G10,
  21. dannylill1981

    dannylill1981 Member

    ebay used to be great for a lot of things but now its full of overpriced, fake tat, and the amount of dishonest people selling on there is just plain ridiculous.
  22. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I never buy cheap electronics there but its good for second hand stuff, and thats generally what I use it for
  23. xellenr

    xellenr Lurker

    @ SUroot, my HTC Desire G7 is runing android V2.2 ...
  24. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Sounds real then
  25. xellenr

    xellenr Lurker

    but the main thing that concerns me is that in box it says Made in China, and also inside the phone itself when I remove the battery, it says with red letters Made in China... what do you think? shouldi be concerned?

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