Counterfeit (Fake) Headsets - How to recognize and avoid them; what are the differences?

Counterfeit (Fake) Headsets - How to recognize and avoid them; what are the differences?
Beware! Counterfeit is everywhere!

According to Wikipedia, “A counterfeit is an imitation that is made usually with the intent to deceptively represent its content or origins. The word counterfeit most frequently describes forged currency or documents, but can also describe clothing, software, pharmaceuticals, watches, or any other manufactured item, especially when this results in patent infringement or trademark infringement.”. In our case we are talking about fake Bluetooth headsets. The look-alikes were functional units but either with inferior design, features, or performance.

The whole idea for this article emerged when we purchased a Motorola HT820 headset from Ebay for our own use. When it came, we were really outrages by the low quality of the plastic mold. After a day of use, the “Motorola” logo unglued. At that time we were sure that the headset is fake. So we went on an Ebay shopping spree and purchased several earpieces like the Nokia BH-800, BH-200, Jabra JX10, Motorola H700, Motorola HT820 Stereo Bluetooth, Motorola H700, H500, H3 and HS850. At the same time we got original ones either directly from the manufacturer, or purchased them from large and reputable online stores like Buy.com.

As online auction sites have become extremely popular, selling counterfeit items is now extremely easy. The “business people” now only need an Ebay account. They could be located anywhere in the World, but thanks to air-cargo, items shipped from Hong-Kong or China arrive within a week or so. Customs are of course a lot less suspicious if a single package goes trough them, compared to a container with fake headsets which was the usual way before. Another plus for counterfeiters now is the lack of need to risk of being caught when trying to sell their products – again thanks for Ebay and the rest of the auction sites, offering their merchandise is very easy task.

In the next few pages we will tell you how to differentiate between a genuine and counterfeit headsets; how do they compare in quality, battery life and range; what to do if you intend to purchase one soon; and finally, what to do if you already have a fake one.

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15 Comments

1. Anthony unregistered

I have a fake BH-700 Nokia headset. I must say I thought it was a fake from the start. Battery life is bad, but on top of that it doesn't keep the "security" code so every time I turn it on & attempt to pair I have to type 0000. That doesn't happen w/ the real BH-700 I also have. Great article! Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

2. unregistered

Wow.....it took this long for someone to actually post an article on fake bluetooths? These have been circulating for months and months now. Another should be written on car and home chargers too. Oh and even the handset themselves.

3. PR5 unregistered

i disagree with the buying from large companies bit, i got my Jabra JX10 from a well establish online US company, and its still a fake, its been 3 months and i havent had a problem with the fake, it works suprisingly good for a POS. it was only $60CAD Vs $200 CAD (bestbuy). i dont mine counterfit as long as it works GOOD and is super cheap. also the motorola headset that i got from bestbuy was a fake too, the HS820, i know there was something wrong with it, it even smelled bad, i returned it that day since it was so obvious

4. raulr unregistered

Motorola does have a site dedicated to fake accessories. It shows you how to identify the real from the fake and give you a link to report it. The site ishttp://www.motorola.com/original

5. ad070 unregistered

i bought 3 of them from retail stores and they were fake but i was more than happy with the quality so i dont really care. your going out to buy a headset, as long as it does the job, the quality is good and your happy, i don't really care, its exactly what i was expecting.

6. PhoneArena unregistered

Raulr, At the time this article was published, Motorola did not have that site. It is something new and I guess created after we wrote our piece.

7. Metallic unregistered

So the motorola h700 FAKE is actually better, am I seeing these charts right?

8. LS unregistered

Hmmm ... I should buy the fake H700 then. According to the charts, in overall the fake H700 has better performance than the real one. Very weird unless the charts were messed up.

9. confused unregistered

I'm a bit confused. I purchased the Nokia BH-800 and read your review on pg 2. The one I have matches up with the genuine one you described... everything except for the box. Mine came in the darker box w/o the animation. Is mine a fake?

10. unregistered

very nice, i didnot know there are such things!

11. jay unregistered

i bought a fake spellchecker on eBay once...

12. malouu unregistered

I BOUGHT A FAKE BH700 FROM EBAY. Sound horrible, But looks like a Nokia. The most faked is the ac3 charger which is NOT an AC3 and the MANUAL which is In English anf Chinese

13. nickel unregistered

To confused, I have the same thing you got. The one we have is the real one. The box is different for different countries and different models. The one in Canada at Tiger Direct have both the darker box and the lighter box. They have different model number, but are both real.

14. Nickel unregistered

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3475109&CatId=1810 The necklace is the dead giveaway. It looks more expensive then the ones you get at the silver necklace stand, so you can't get the real thing for under $30 retail just the necklace alone. And then you have the bluetooth to account for. I don't care how cheap nokia can make them in China, but I am very impressed with the necklace.

15. hooher tod unregistered

Yes there should realize the reader to RSS my feed to RSS commentary, quite simply

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