How you can avoid falling victim to substandard devices
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It’s not easy to purchase a mobile device today because of how expensive they are. However, what makes it even more difficult is the ability to tell substandard devices from genuine ones in order to avoid spending on a device that is not genuine. It’s not unusual for people to find a new tool to replace your older one on those devices.

It’s frustrating to buy a device and discover that it’s not the real thing when you unbox it. This has a significant impact on the consumer who has spent hard-earned money in the hopes of purchasing the prized gadget of their dreams. As a regulatory body, UCC has raised awareness about the presence of these devices on the market and how consumers can recognize them in order to avoid becoming victims.

How to identify substandard devices

Just like all substandard products, these mobile devices are made to resemble actual brands fooling unsuspecting customers into paying hefty amounts for the gadgets. According to UCC, some of the red flags to look out for to avoid buying substandard devices is; the logo of the manufacturer may appear superficial and easy to rub off, the device could be suspiciously lightweight, they tend to be cheaper than genuine products, the colour of the device might not be among those produced by the manufacturer for that particular model.

Before you go out and buy that Samsung Galaxy Ultra, it’s a good idea to do some research on the device and learn about its specifications and features. It will be impossible to be duped by a substandard device if you have this knowledge because you will be able to spot some red flags..

A simple google search in just a couple of minutes will save you a huge loss. You will be redirected to websites that have accurate information about the device and all you need to know. It is also important to check out the phone reviews that will give you more insight from a user’s point of view just to be completely sure.

Issues caused by substandard devices

With only one notable advantage and that is the low cost of the device, substandard devices come with several disadvantages.

According to UCC, substandard devices like phones are used to aid various illegal activities and pose significant risks to consumers because they are not manufactured in accordance with or tested against the relevant functionality, cybersecurity, health and safety standards.

Substandard mobile devices cause problems on the telecommunication networks which lead to poor quality of experience for everyone.

They tend to overheat which can cause problems like battery drain, forced shutdown, and even a total meltdown as your phone’s Central Processing Unit is capable of melting if it reaches extreme temperatures. There’s also the chance that your phone will not restart if it was forced to shut down due to overheating.

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