Originally Posted by freebordjunky
can someone tell me wgat a brown phone is? i have heard that s few times. some kind if prototype? how can it be that prototypes are sold?
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BLUE phones have been assembled in the factory but never programmed with software/ GDFS/ IMEI – it means they are in their „factory state“
BROWN phones are "developer phones", used for testing. Less restrictions are present as these are used for "debugging/beta" purposes.
RED phones are your typical retail ones. Highest level of security is present in this state of phone, it‘s usually not possible to write into OTP (one time programmable memory) in this state.
Brown phone usually sell for very cheap price, without box and warranty. It's usually give to tester for them to write overview for the phone before it release.