December 18, 2017

Smart Tips for Buying a Used Phone

If you are planning to buy a used smartphone, you have to consider a lot of things. The main concern is the price. Obviously, used smartphones are really cheap compared to brand new ones. You also have to check the condition and aesthetics of the phone. And, you have to accept the fact that there will be no warranty service so you have to make sure that the phone is working properly.

Meeting up with the seller in person is the best way to go when buying a used smartphone as this can put your mind at ease.

Before you buy a used smartphone, you must do some research first to get the best value smartphone. There are many online stores that sell used smartphones. You can buy a used Iphone6 for less than $500, Samsung Galaxy S8 for $750, and other high end phones for less than $700. If you’re on a tight budget, there are smartphones that you can buy for less than $300 like an iPhone5. Every smartphone that ever came out in the market can be purchased online in brand new and used conditions. But the problem is, you can’t tell if the unit is working properly, or if the software has glitches, so be very careful when buying online.

You can also search social networks for people who are selling pre-owned smartphones, with whom you can arrange a meeting for your transaction. Their prices are almost the same as in online stores, and sometimes, even cheaper. Buying in person, or meeting up with the seller is better because you can inspect the unit. Meeting up in person is the best way to go when buying a used smartphone as this can put your mind at ease, knowing that you’ve tested the unit beforehand.

What do you need to do when checking a used smartphone? Here are some things to take into account.

Physically inspect the phone

Take your time on this one. Look for signs of wear and tear like cracks, dents, as well as water damage. Also, check the camera lens for scratches.

Open it

Open anything that can be opened like flaps, card slots for SIM and microSD.

Run the service code test

Smartphones have access to a special menu that checks the running condition of the phone.

Check all the ports

Use your headphones to check the headset jack and your charging cables to see if the charging port is functional.

Pop in your SIM card

Check whether the phone is locked or unlocked by using your SIM to make call and text tests.

Do you have other tips on how to compare phones? Share your ideas in the comments section.

About the author  ⁄ Marxa Dillan

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