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Tips on buying used phones.

Tips on buying used phones

Before you buy a used phone:

Read carefully the description of actual cosmetic condition of the phone. Determine how heavily the phone was used on a scale from 1 – 10, where 10 stands for near new, mint condition and 1 is a beat up unit which should be recycled.

Don’t determine the condition of the phone by inspecting the picture on the seller’s site. Most of the pictures online are stock photos and do not represent the actual phone being sold.

Verify what accessories are included. Usually they are not the same as in the original retail box.

Check if the phone comes with a user guide, manual or Getting Started Guide. In many cases used phones come without the manual. It can be downloaded from our pages.

Ask for a return policy. Since the used phone’s manufacturer warranty has expired, you will still be covered by the distributor warranty which is usually between 7 – 45 days.

Get an extended warranty. For a low monthly cost, an insurance company will handle any problems with your used phone including repair or refund of the purchase cost.

CDMA phones like Verizon, Sprint or Metro PCS require ESN activation. Verify before purchasing or shipping the phone that the ESN number is clear, not reported as lost or stolen in the operator system.

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16 Responses to “Tips on buying used phones.”

  1. margaret l franklin on January 11, 2015 @ 7:57 pm

    I have purchase phone and tablet. I was told it was in good condition, only to find the laptop was damaged with viruses, and malware. the phone had water damage. How are you to determine this before you make the purchases

  2. How do we determine what condition a used phone is in?

    • Josh, I recommend to click on the green button ‘Buy it now’ located on each product page, which will redirect you to seller’s page where you can find detailed information about the phone’s physical condition, live photos and what the phone comes with.

  3. My daughter had her iphone in her pocket and must have pressure cracked both screens. The phone is only 6 months old and no insurance. We are looking to replace it with either a iphone or an android. The us cellular store told us to buy used we had to go into the store with the current owner to make sure it was one that wasn’t stolen if we buy from this company can we return if they will not activate the service and they said to call with the serial number. Is this store guaranteed to be not stolen and ready to activate? Thanks

    • Debbi, all pre-owned phones are sold in good working condition and clean ESN ready for activation.

  4. Nchimunya maanya on May 30, 2014 @ 5:26 am

    Looking for a nice and neat blackberry 9360

  5. I am looking for a 4g droid boost mobile phone without too may problems as far as functioning goes.

  6. i want to buy blackberry 8530 used phone and cheap and i want to know the problems that it have and i will take it

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