I recently bought a Nokia Lumia 920 from eBay. After reading some negative feedback about the seller (yes, after I bought it). I am now worried whether or not the phone I've purchased is an original or a refurbished phone from the Far East.

Is there any way that I can run a check on the phone when it arrives to verify if the phone is new and unused and compatible with Irish networks?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am very worried seeing as the phone was very expensive and I don't want to be sold a sub standard version.

Thank you for any help which you may give me.


You can use the life time counter to see how long the phone has been active. You can access it by dialling ##634#.

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    Cool! +1 Is there a list somewhere of all the available dialing codes like ##634#?
    – lkessler
    Jul 2 '13 at 20:13
  • Just for the record - this does not work on the Lumia 520. I get a COLOR VARIANT + LIFE TIME COUNTER screen, but all it displays is BLACK. Rest of the screen is blank.
    – Bob
    Jul 3 '13 at 9:18
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    @lkessler There's a list here.
    – Bob
    Jul 3 '13 at 9:32
  • Correction to my previous comment: it worked after an update to extras+info in the Store. So it actually might not work on new phones, depending on the firmware version.
    – Bob
    Jul 8 '13 at 10:51
  • What if the sim card isn't inserted to the phone. How can we know that it's a testing one? Here is my situation, if you read it, please help me : windowsphone.stackexchange.com/questions/9116/… Mar 23 '15 at 6:32

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