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New online tool allows shoppers to check for free if the used phone they buy online is lost or stolen

ByinTips & Guides | October 19, 2019

Stolen Phone Checker enables its users to check whether the phone hasn’t arrive from an illegitimate source

Even if it didn’t happen to you personally, you’ve surely heard about someone, a friend or relative of yours, who bought a stolen phone online. The truth is that this may happen to everyone. If you want to avoid such a situation then the new app from CTIA, a nonprofit organization representing the US wireless communication industry, may come as a remedy for accidental purchase of stolen used phones.

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Don’t buy a used phone online without reading this first

ByinTips & Guides | May 21, 2018

Here are several tips you should read before buying a second-hand phone

If you are following the mobile market for a while you’ve surely noticed tendency to rise prices in flagships smartphones. The top notch smartphones are getting better, faster and ynfirmore expensive each year. Released last year the Galaxy S7 debuted priced at $650, while the newest Galaxy S8 costs $750. Furthermore, if to believe the latest rumors the iPhone 8 might hit the market labeled with a MacBook-like pricing. Therefore, many of us prefer to buy a used phone than to ruin the budget with paying premium prices for new models.

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Welcome in 2017! Want to upgrade and do something good with your old used phone?

ByinTips & Guides | January 3, 2017

How to dispose of yours old phone properly
With two-year contracts gone, it’s now so much easier to upgrade to a new phone. You can do so every year or in some instances even more often than that. Most users are over the moon about this but there is a dark side to frequent upgrades. Unless you trade in your old phone, which is not always required by the way, chances are that you already have a pile of old devices you will no longer use. Tossed aside and forgotten, they gather dust in a far corner of a drawer until one day you decide to do spring cleaning and get rid of your old stuff. Your first impulse might be to throw everything in a trashcan but it’s not a good idea. If you want  to do something good with your old used phone, here’s a responsible way to dispose of it.

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Bought used phone and wondering how to remove cigarette odor out of it?

ByinTips & Guides | March 3, 2016

how to remove cigarette odor from phone
Every year more and more people are buying used phones. It’s a very smart practice for a number of reasons; however, buying second-hand devices also comes with some inconveniences such as the uncertainty regarding the handset’s condition. Usually, a used device will have a few scrapes and scratches on the body which can happen as a result of normal everyday usage. However, some may also stink really bad. If you bought a used phone and you are wondering how to remove cigarette odor from it, here’s what you can do.

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How to buy an used iPhone online like a PRO

ByinTips & Guides | February 10, 2016

Image with used iPhones
Used smartphone market has flourished in the past couple of years. Of all used devices that go back to the market to get a second life, a significant number are iPhones. However, keep in mind that all electronic devices, smartphones in particular, are exposed to many dangers which can seriously reduce their functionality. That’s why, whether you buy a used iPhone for yourself as a main or secondary device, for your kid or to resell and earn some money, always remember to check all the essential details regarding the phone’s condition, carrier status, etc. Here’s what you should pay special attention to.

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Buying used phones could save you big on holiday gifts

ByinTips & Guides | November 21, 2015

Used Phones
Holiday shopping season is just about to begin which means that your wallet may become considerably slimmer over the next few weeks. Of course, you could knit a pair of mittens or bake a batch of gingerbread cookies and be done with gifts for the holidays but what if your husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father or another person you love dreams about nothing more than a new phone or tablet? The disappointed look in their face could be too difficult to deal with. It doesn’t mean, however, that you need to break a bank to get a perfect present for your loved one, since buying used phones could save you big on holiday gifts. If you are not convinced that it’s a good idea, maybe the following reasons will help you make up your mind.

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Tips how to not to buy a stolen phone online and locally

ByinTips & Guides | September 22, 2015

Red flagged Imei
Looking at statistics, it is clear that buying used phones instead of new is becoming more and more popular. One of the most important reasons for choosing such solution is that used phones are much cheaper which is a crucial factor, especially for budget-conscious users. However, buying second-hand handsets is also more risky. For instance, it may turn out that the phone of your choice has been stolen. No need to worry, though. If you follow a few simple steps and know how to look for red flags, you can easily avoid buying a stolen phone.

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Brand new cheap phones versus high-end used phones – Which is better to buy

ByinTips & Guides | August 21, 2015

Used Phones | Cheap Phones
Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy whichever phone you want, even the most high-end one, without thinking twice? Sure it would, but unfortunately such scenario is only a dream for many folks. When choosing a new phone one of the crucial factors, if not the most important one, is the price, and let’s be honest – premium phones can cost a small fortune. If you can’t afford the latest and the greatest smartphone on the market, you basically have two options – buy a new cheap phone or get yourself a high-end used phone. The decision will depend on what you expect from your handset.

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Used Cell Phones vs. Refurbished Cell Phones – When to buy one

ByinTips & Guides | January 17, 2015

Cell Phones
There are two groups of mobile users: tech maniacs who want their phone to be something of a multitask computer in their palm and on the other hand people who need their phone just for making calls. No matter which group you belong to when it comes to purchasing a replacement handset, you will be definitely interested in saving some money. Right? This is why you should consider buying used cell phones or refurbished phones since they deliver both high quality specs and the lowest possible price in the market.

When you are planning to buy an used or refurbished cell phone you may ask yourself: what’s the difference between these two types? When to buy one? Which one will fit my expectations better? In order to help you make a smart decision and scatter at least some of the doubts connected with the purchase, we have prepared a guide comparing used cell phones vs. refurbished cell phones.

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How to examine an used phone purchased online

ByinTips & Guides | January 1, 2015

Test used phoneSo, you have searched through thousands of online offers and bought an used phone because it was cheap, didn’t require long term contract and the seller ensured you it was in a mint condition and works flawlessly. Now, when the phone has been delivered, you’re asking yourself if it was a smart decision to have bought a pre-owned phone. What if it is a stolen device, or has some hidden issues? How the find out of the phone’s real value once it get to your hands? Here are some tips how to properly examine an used phone purchased online once you put your hands on it.

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Buy cheaper LG Marquee for Boost Mobile and Sprint. Prices starting at $90 without contract

ByinNew Arrivals, Phones Without Contract | October 1, 2012

LG Marquee for Boost Mobile | Cheap PhonesIf you are here, it means that probably you are looping for a replacement for your current phone. If you want something more than a simple feature phone, we would like to introduce to you the LG Marquee – one of the best Android phones by LG for Boost Mobile and Sprint services.

Today, you can buy the LG Marque used or refurbished starting at a very affordable price: just $90 without contract. If you prefer a brand new device, Boost Mobile is currently offering this particular model for $249 with no long term contract. Save almost $160 on a deals available today on LG Marque.

Learn more about the LG Marque Android phone

LG Marquee for Sprint | Cheap PhonesOne of the most outstanding features of the LG Marquee is its 4-inch NOVA touch screen display with a WVGA 800 x 480 pixel resolution, support for 16 million colors and 700 nits of brightness (according to LG), which is comparable with iPhone 4S in terms of brightness.

The phone also sports two shooters: the 2 megapixel front camera for self portraits and video chatting and the 5 megapixel rear camera / camcorder with auto focus and LED flash. The camera is capable of recording HD 720p videos and offers various shooting options, for example four focus modes (auto, infinity, macro, and fixed), seven scene modes (auto, portrait, landscape, night, night portrait, sunset, and sports), six resolutions, three quality settings, five color effects (none, mono, sepia, negative, and solar), four ISO settings plus an auto setting, five white-balance presets (auto, incandescent, daylight, fluorescent, and cloudy), a 3x digital zoom, and geo-tagging.

Under the hood, LG Marquee has a single-core processor clocked at 1 GHz, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. While the specs may not be too impressive, they are not bad either, and the good thing is that the storage capacity can be expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card slot.

Releases for Boost Mobile and Sprint, the phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which although is not the latest version of the most popular mobile operating system, still allows for multitasking and is compatible with the majority of Google services for instance Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Places, Google Talk, Google+, Google Play, where you can find thousands of apps just waiting to be downloaded, Google Maps and Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination. The Marquee also allows you to access to social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

As far as connectivity is concerned, the phone offers 3G, which can reach up to 3.1 Mbps while downloading and up to 1.8 Mbps while uploading, Bluetooth version 3.0, which will allows you to pair the Marquee with headsets, hands-free car kits and more, and Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n). The built-in Wi-Fi hotspot functionality allows you to share your connection with up to 5 Wi-Fi enable devices, for example a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player or other phone.

Other features of the LG Marquee include on board: GPS navigation, full HTML browser with Flash 10.1 support, microUSB port, music player compatible with P3, WMA, and AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ files, video player supporting MPEG4, WMV, H.264, and H.263 formats and FM stereo radio.

Apple Reuse and Recycle program – Receive up to $345 for used iPhones. Here is how it works

ByinSales & Special Offers | September 2, 2012

Used iPhone
The closer the official date of the Apple’s new iPhone 5 launch, the more offers on older Apple devices appear. Apple has just announced an eco-friendly promotion based on its Reuse and Recycle program, which could leave you with as much as $345 for your used iPhone 4S 64GB. This is $45 more than what Samsung was offering for the same iPhone 4S earlier this year.

Apple Reuse and Recycle program - Receive up to $345 for used iPhones

How can you get so much money?

1. Well, it’s really simple. First you go to the Apple’s Reuse and Recycle program website and select the model, color and condition of your device.

2. You will have to specify whether there are cracks, damage, scratches or scuffs on either the display or case, whether is has been water damaged, whether is works properly, whether the battery charges etc.

3. Then you will have to ship the phone to service provider PowerON and after its condition has been confirmed by the provider, you will receive Apple Gift Certificate eligible for the Apple Store only, whose value will depend on the device’s model and shape.

For the white 64 GB iPhone 4S in a perfect condition you can get $345, for other models somewhat less, but still the amount would make a nice rebate if you decide to use it for the purchase of the new iPhone 5. According to the online wizard, the white 32 GB iPhone 4 will get you $185, the black 32 GB iPhone 3GS – $105, and the black 16 GB iPhone 3G – $55. Trade-ins are also accepted for iPads and computers, not necessarily manufactured by Apple.

And make sure you fill in the form with accurate information, because each device will be evaluated carefully and if its condition is different from what you have stated in the form, you will not receive the certificate.