Original Equipment, for sure is products made by Original Equipment Manufacturer. However, an OEM product is NOT necessarily an OE!
Certain automotive light bulbs used by BMW, for example, are manufactured by Osram-Sylvania. Osram-Sylvania, in this case, is the OEM of automotive light bulbs used by BMW. Since Osram-Sylvania sells the same bulbs under its own brand, so there is a marketing advantage to mention Osram-Sylvania is a "well established OEM in the automotive industry".
However, in the case with the Nokia handset cosmetics / housing / parts, I do not think Nokia would actually allow or endorse OEM to sell them on their own - even though it could possibly be identical in looks and specifications. And, very likely the "ACTUAL" OEM would be restricted from such sales channels to the public because Nokia and its authorized service channels may be the exclusive clients for the particular parts. Ask TESSCO if they would sell the Nokia faceplate / housing to the general public http://www.tessco.com/products/displ...60&eventPage=1
sf1 has nailed it... why would anyone tell the world they are selling fake on eBay? It is a clear violation of the rules. But whether eBay or Nokia will take any action to go after those crooks, is another story. So crooks can say they are selling "OEM", "OE quality", "compatible". There are possibilities some OE parts got stolen / leaked out from the ACTUAL OEM warehouses / facilities / production lines. Go figure.
Anyway, if you find anything not coming from Nokia directly or sanctioned by Nokia, yet it works / fits for your application, then it is your preference. You do not need to come here and asked for anyone's approval. It would not change the fact that we have copy-cats dare to make them and sell them. They can make the housing if I take apart a Nokia handset and copy it. I can make it "even better" with different material which is "even better" quality. Looks the same, feel the same, as good as original... suddenly they can call themselves "OEM"!
Last edited by HC - NO "i"; 12-16-2006 at 02:05 AM.
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