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

Motorola, being the largest manufacturer makes them the prime target for counterfeits. According to our research, they have the most fake models on the market – HT820, H605, H700, HS850, H3 and H500.

Motorola H700
Motorola H700
Motorola H700
Motorola H700 Genuine VS Fake performance
Motorola H700 Genuine VS Fake performance
Motorola H700 Genuine VS Fake performance
The fake H700 has bigger openings in the earpiece than the authentic one, and its volume keys are smoother, while those of the genuine device are more rugged. We find it weird, but the keys of the “unknown production” are pressed easier and have better tactile feedback.





Motorola H3
Motorola H3
Motorola H3
Motorola H3 Genuine VS Fake performance
Motorola H3 Genuine VS Fake performance
Motorola H3 Genuine VS Fake performance
Such abnormities are not observed with the H3 RAZR headset – the keys of the original device are better, but we can say that both units suffered from awful press response! The only difference in the design is the inner part of the earpiece, which can be seen from the holes on it.





Motorola H500
Motorola H500
Motorola H500
Motorola H500 Genuine VS Fake performance
Motorola H500 Genuine VS Fake performance
Motorola H500 Genuine VS Fake performance
The two units of Motorola H500 were almost the same, but we still managed to find some differences between the genuine and counterfeit headsets.
The one half of the plastic over the microphone of the genuine Motorola is half-transperant, while the same plastic of the fake headset is solid.
Similar to the H3, the earhook of the genuine H500 ends with half-transperant rubber, while the one of the fake H500 is not transperant.

The fake H500, just as a few other counterfeit headsets, had a round quality-control sticker on it. We haven't seen a single genuine headset (from any manufacturer) with similar sticker on it.

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


Motorola HT820 Stereo - Fake
Motorola HT820 Stereo - Fake
Motorola HT820 Stereo - Fake

Motorola HT820 Stereo - Fake

On the other hand the Motorola HT820 Stereo headset is one of the worst replicas of a headset we’ve seen – we were sure this is not a Motorola genuine accessory at the moment we received it. Its neckband is awfully glued to the two earpieces and there is glue all over the plastic mold that goes over and behind your ear.

There is no information about the headset itself: all the service information that should be on the inner side of the neckband is missing. The “Motorola” logo on the opposite side unglued on the first day of our usage, clearly showing the “quality” of the device.

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?
Counterfeit (Fake) Headsets - How to recognize and avoid them; what are the differences?
The ring between the leather and plastic parts of the earpiece is one of the differences that you can easily notice – the one of the genuine headset is of “plastic”, “artificial leather”-like material, while the same part of our fake headset is made of fabric.

While it is playing, the genuine headset glows in blue: both the left and right earpieces have LED in the form of the stylized Motorola logo, and the left one blinks then the right one does the same. But the cool part about this is that the light increases and decreases gradually and there is smooth transition from the left to the right light. The fake headset just flashes – first the left, then the right – there’s no transition.

Motorola HT820 Genuine VS Fake performance
Motorola HT820 Genuine VS Fake performance

Motorola HT820 Genuine VS Fake performance


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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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