What to Look for When Buying a Used Mobile Phone

by | Mar 10, 2016 | Smartphones, Telecommunication | 0 comments

Thinking of buying a second hand phone? The following tips will help you get value for your money.

Establish Ownership

Nothing can prove more nightmarish than buying stolen phone. In the recent past, the press has run stories detailing how people have been imprisoned as a result of being found with stolen phones – some having been stolen in the course of robbery with violence or murder. The only way to confirm ownership is to insist on a verifiable purchase receipt. Call the dealer (or pay the dealer a visit accompanied by the seller) and satisfy yourself that the phone indeed belongs to the seller.

Check the Physical Condition

A few things to look our for include:

  • Cracked or faded screen
  • Do the buttons work. 
  • Loose battery cover.

Is the Phone in Good Working Order?

A few things to look for include:

  • Switch off the phone and switch it back on.
  • Check the phone memory to establish if it fits with your needs
  • Establish battery life. Does the phone loose battery power within a few minutes. This could indicate a battery replacement is needed.
  • Is the network reception bar showing a network? Is is strong in a good network area?
  • Make a test call and ensure the other party can hear you loud and clear

Ensure the Phone is Unlocked

Avoid purchasing a second hand phone that is locked to one network unless the price is really fair. Keep your options open.

Tips and Warnings

  • When you buy a used phone, always reset it to factory status. Do not use it without resetting because you may end up using the previous owners accounts on applications. 
  • Generally, avoid buying a used phone over the Internet because it is difficult to establish the condition it is in. Always insist on a physical inspection before you part with your hard earned money.

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