Tips on buying cheap cell phones.
Check before you buy a phone:
Compatibility: Make sure that the phone is compatible with your service provider. Check if your carrier supports your chosen cell phone model. For instance Sprint models won’t work with T-Mobile or AT&T carriers.
Modes: Verify which bands your chosen phone supports and which bands are in your area. You don’t want to get a phone which in the end won’t have service. For example, US dual band GSM phones will not work in Europe or Asia.
Focus on condition: Verify if your desired phone is brand new, refurbished or previously used. Whether it is a used or refurbished phone, find out exactly what its physical status is. For instance, if is it in a mint condition, fair condition, have some wear, etc
Accessories: Check what comes with the phone. Just because a phone supports Bluetooth connectivity 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 with premium loaded accessories, such as headset, car charger or expendable memory card.
Shipping: Verify shipping cost. Usually the first price you see in the offer is a base price without shipping and handling charges. You may be surprised if the lowest price phone isn’t the cheapest deal after summed additional charges during checkout process.
Caution: Make sure your cell phone is newer than August 2005 with GPS technology that is E911 compliant, allowing Emergency 911 operators to locate you in case of emergency.