Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
16th Apr 2014
Thanks to OLX and Quikr, second-hand gadget shopping is on the rise. As we all know, currently the hottest gadget category is smartphones. Looking at the obnoxiously priced high-end phones, you can't blame anyone for going for a pre-owned smartphone. However, the problem here is that these deals are much like the lotteries. To get more money, sellers tend to fake warranty. These folks support their claims with the help of forged bills. In India, it's very easy to get such bills (you too submit fake medical bills to avoid taxes, remember?). Thankfully, you can validate the phone's warranty status without having to step out of your house. Most of the popular brands have dedicated portals just for this. To track the details, all you require is the phone's IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) number. It can be found under phone's battery. Alternately, you can dial *#06# to get the IMEI.
iPhone and iPad users can check their device's warranty status and support coverage on Apple's official website. Here's the exact link:
Unlike Apple's website, Nokia's webpage only informs you whether the handset is in the warranty period.
Chinese manufacturer Lenovo lets you check warranty and support on its official portal. We wish, the company does away with that annoying captcha though.
Apart from offering the warranty status, Gionee's website also lets you apply for review devices (if you're a blogger, give it a shot).
Unlike the portals we've covered so far, Samsung's 'Cyber Service Centre' requires you create an account to access the warranty information.
At the time of publishing this article, Micromax's support page is returning 404 (Not Found) error message. We're not sure if the service is temporarily down or the company is dropping hints about its after-sales service.
Validate Your Phone's Warranty Without Leaving The House
A list of popular manufacturers' websites to validate your phone's warranty status.
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