Establish OwnershipNothing 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 ConditionA 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 UnlockedAvoid 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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