TIPS TO BUY USED IPHONE
If you are looking for an iPhone but you don’t want to spend that much amount of money, then you are not the only one. People buy used iPhones but as ‘you cannot get a lemon without carefully plucking it from the thorny branches’, just like that ‘you cannot buy a used phone without carefully choosing the right one’.
To avoid the second thoughts, you need to be patient and smart enough to use your money. There will be many options, many thoughts, and many suggestions that would confuse you. The simple way is to go through the main points that you need to keep in mind.
DECIDE WHAT EXACTLY YOU WANT
First thing that you need is to be specific about what you want to buy, it includes:
· The amount of money you want to buy with
· The model of the iPhone you need
· The color of the iPhone you want
· Where to buy it from
· How to buy it
After this, you can move on to the next step which is finding the exact thing you are looking for, it can be a bit confusing sometimes because there would be many options to choose from. Make sure to choose the right one.
KNOW YOUR SELLER
The most important thing is to know who you are dealing with your trust. You will either buy from a trustworthy source or you will buy it from an unknown source, the latter can be a big risk. Here are some points you need to keep in mind while deciding who to buy from:
· If the price is too cheap and the seller is promising the quality of the phone, you need to take a step back because it’s too good to be true.
· If the price is not much different from the original price then there’s no point to buy a used iPhone.
· If the seller is not letting you test the phone before selling then it’s clear that he is hiding something from you.
· Check if the seller has the original box, so you can confirm that the phone is not stolen.
· There are many frauds that sell illegally, you need to be smart enough to stay away from them.
Still, no matter how much you try there’ll be doubt at the back of your mind. So it’s better to buy from a reliable source, someone who would not betray your trust or someone who you can catch if there’s any problem.
But either way, once you purchase it you can’t go back, so think before you act otherwise you can end up wasting your money.
Many people sell their iPhones just a few months or weeks before purchasing it because they didn’t like something about it or they just want to try another model. Consider yourself lucky if you get an offer like
that. The iPhone would still be as good a new but cheap in price. Avoid buying phones that have been used for a very long time.
CHECK THE IMEI
IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique number that identifies a valid phone. You need to make sure that the iPhone is not stolen.
Ask your seller the IMEI number or check yourself by dialing *#06# with the iPhone. With the IMEI you can check if the phone that you are trying to purchase has been blocked or blacklisted.
IMEI can also help you to check if the phone is locked or not. If it is locked then you cannot use it with any other network other than the one it is locked with.
Unlocked iPhone will work with any sim card, so you never have to worry about getting service.
CHECK FOR QUALITY
You are buying a used iPhone, it doesn’t need to be perfect but still you’re not getting it for free so you need to check if the phone is not excessively damaged.
· Check the quality of the touch screen, ensure that there are no excessive scratches or cracked screen.
· Check if the buttons are working properly.
· Make sure that the thing has warranty.
· Check that the phone is covered with a protective case.
CHECK FOR LIQUID DAMAGE
There is a liquid contact indicator through which you can check if the phone is water damaged or not. Ensure that by examining the sim tray or the headphone jack sensor, if it is white then you don’t need to worry but if it’s red then the phone is liquid damaged and you don’t want to buy it because it’s not even covered by warranty and the repair can be difficult and expensive.
TEST THE PHONE
No matter what your seller tells you, you need to test the phone yourself before purchasing it. Here are some main things to check:
· Camera, both front and back cameras with the autofocus.
· Speakers and microphone
Whatever else comes to your mind check it. It would be better if you have a friend or a family member who uses the same iPhone you intend to buy, so they can help you check the phone more accurately.
It’s actually a nice option to buy a used phone than financially burdening yourself with a brand new iPhone. But be cautious enough not to regret after putting your money in it.
Buying a used iPhone is not an easy task as compared to buying a new one. Checking the phone from all aspects and testing it yourself will tell you if the phone is worthy of your money or not.
If you want to buy any other smartphone you can check 10 Best Smartphones 2018.
Also, keep in mind that apple products are reliable to use and if you invest your money on the right product, it can serve you for years if you take care of it. But buying it not directly from apple is quite risky, so keep your eyes open to get a genuine product instead of a fake one. Take your time and check everything.