Tips on buying cheap phones
Before buying a cheap phone online, double check the following:
Compatibility: Make sure that the phone is compatible with your service provider network. Check if your carrier supports your chosen cell phone model. For instance Sprint or Verizon branded phones won’t work with T-Mobile or AT&T carriers.
Frequencies: Verify what frequencies your chosen phone supports and which frequencies your carrier uses to deliver service in your area. Surely, you don’t want to get a phone, which in the end will have a trouble catching the service. For example, US dual-band GSM phones will not work in Europe or Asia.
Focus on condition: Verify if the phone you are about to buy is new, refurbished or used. If it’s a new phone you may want to ask if it comes in sealed retail box and is covered with manufacturer warranty. If happen to you to search for a used or refurbished cheap phone, find out exactly what is its physical status, whether it comes in mint condition, gently used or fair with many scuffs and scratches.
Bonuses and extras: Check what comes with the phone, what accessories are included. Just because a phone supports Bluetooth connectivity, it does not mean that it comes with a Bluetooth headset. On the other hand you may find a deal for a phone model in the same price range as others, but it may be loaded with premium accessories, such as headset, car charger or expendable memory card.
Shipping Cost: Verify shipping cost. Usually the first price you see in the offer is a base price for the device without shipping and handling charges. You may be surprised that the lowest price of the phone isn’t the cheapest one after summing additional ship charges during the checkout process.