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Buying a Used Phone: Tips and Tricks

It is well known that the purchase of any used item is akin to a lottery, especially if some high-tech electronic device, such as a cell phone, appears as an object of purchase. Soberly realizing that in such situations the ear must be mastered, we will give a series of recommendations and tips that, we hope, will help readers to avoid feasible mistakes and misunderstandings in the future. Imagine the standard situation up to impossibility: we have a mobile phone as a cat in the satchel, the seller of which assures by all means that the phone is working like a clock, that, they say, they almost never used the device, that he doesn’t know the expression “glitch” either. P. Simply put, it feeds with fairy tales, but we are not at all worn, therefore, we will not at all slowly begin to study a future purchase.

For the source we are convinced of the complete completeness of the phone, then eat the presence of packaging, a charger, all kinds of instructions and other accessories, if they had a room to exist "in girlhood." Why focus on this? The casket is revealed simply: many certified services will refuse to accept the phone without proper equipment.

Then it makes sense to make two test calls by inserting your SIM card into the device. You can, for example, dial SMS to your friend asking you to call back. So you will kill a couple of birds with one stone: make sure the quality of the connection also check the phone keypad at the same time. By the way, we recommend dialing * # 06 # and also compare the IMEI1 of the device with the number indicated on the back of the phone (usually under the battery), but it looks like on the box. If the numbers diverge, then the lesson is unclean, and the device is probably stolen (just no one will change IMEI in any way). So, we put such a phone aside, despite the attractively low cost.

Exterior view. Here it is necessary to assess the degree of shabby, carefully examine the display for broken pixels, but it is similar to pay attention to the interface connectors (as a position, the battery breaks down first). If this is a “clamshell” or a slider, you need to make sure that there is no backlash as well as other signs of wear on the phone case. Pay attention to the behavior of the display during the invention-closing of the device: if it suddenly brightens or darkens, changes the contrast or sharpness, it means that the phone will soon require repairs to replace the corresponding cable. Do not hesitate to become attached to the seller for any reason, because the identified shortcomings will help not only to form a general idea of ​​a future purchase, but also to bring down the price.

The next significant moment is the battery. Often, used phones completely fail with "dead" batteries, the value of which sometimes is half the cost of the device itself. For a short time of acquaintance with the upcoming purchase, it is difficult to assess the state of the battery, but if you eat the opportunity to play with the phone for about 15-20 minutes, we recommend that you call any of the free service numbers (for example, it’s allowed to listen to an electronic aunt in the subscriber service of a mobile operator), thereby clearly loading the way in the energy schedule. As a situation, dead batteries in such cases are hastily “handed over”, moving the charge indicator closer to the zero mark. Also make sure that the battery does not have any physical damage (bulges and other misunderstandings). Still in reserve, it is better to bring along another phone to check the infrared port, Bluetooth and other interfaces. If the purchased product is a smartphone, then it will be useful to make sure that the flash card is working.

And the last one. It is unlikely that the seller will agree, but it is allowed to try to persuade him to fulfill the "money back" conditions, then to eat a return on capital if he finds out later that he has purchased any fatal failure in the device.

Of course, the tips we have given do not pretend to be complete, in addition, perhaps we have lost sight of something. Therefore, we delay the additions from our readers (click the "Discuss" button at the end of the article).