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Tips on buying used smartphones

Tips on buying used smartphones

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040215PhoneSALECell phones are getting more and more expensive, but you probably knew that already. Smartphones are becoming a standard in today's age of communication, and with the technology changing so fast, it can get very costly if you want to stay current. That's why the thought of buying a used phone becomes more appealing, but there are some risks involved. Here are some of the things to look out for while shopping for a used smartphone.

Bad ESN (IMEI/MEID)

Every cellphone has an ESN (Electronic Serial Number) listed as an IMEI or MEID. When a mobile device that is still financed, active under a contract, or tied to an unpaid bill is reported lost or stolen, the ESN is labeled as "bad" or "blacklisted".  A bad ESN phone cannot be activated by any carrier. There are websites like checkesnfree.com and swappa.com where you can check the ESN by using the IMEI/MEID. Keep in mind that these websites are not foolproof. You can also call the phone's original carrier directly to check the ESN status.

Water Damage Indicator

040215WaterAlmost every phone has Water Damage Indicators that can tell you if the device has been in contact with liquid. Sometimes the phone can still work but problems can occur later on, so it's always good to check these indicators before buying the phone. The indicators are usually little white stickers that turn red when they come in contact with liquid. Common places to find these stickers are on or under the battery, on the back housing under the battery door, in the charger port or headphone port, or inside the SIM card slot.

Knowing Your Service Provider

040215CommunicatingMake sure your current service provider or the carrier you plan on using accepts the phone. When you power the phone on, it will usually start up with a splash screen that displays the carrier logo. The carrier can also be listed in the settings under "About" or "About Phone." Another method for verifying the service provider is checking the specific model number located under the battery or in the settings and searching for that model number online, which will usually produce the carrier information also.

If you prefer to have professional help, Re-Tech Smartphone Centers evaluates phones for the above issues for free.  Re-Tech Smartphone Centers also sells used phones. All of which have been thoroughly tested and guaranteed with a 90-day warranty.

Last but not least, make sure your phone or potential phone is the right one for you.

Last modified onSunday, 05 July 2015 10:22
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