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Buying a used phone: recommendations are also tips

It is well known that the acquisition of any second-hand things is akin to a lottery, especially if some high-tech electronic device, for example, a cell phone, appears as an object of purchase. Soberly realizing that in such situations the ear needs to be able to speak, we will give a series of recommendations and tips that, we hope, will help readers to avoid possible mistakes and misunderstandings in the future. Let us imagine the situation down to the impossibility of a standard one: as a cat in our knapsack, we have a mobile phone, the seller of which assures in every possible way that the phone works like a clock, which, they say, almost did not use the device, that he did not know the expression "glitch" also t. P. Simply put, it feeds with fairy tales, but we are not at all bogus, so we’ll slowly begin to explore the future purchase.

For the source, we are convinced of the complete completeness of the phone, then there is the presence of packaging, 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 receive the phone without proper configuration.

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

Exterior view Here it is necessary to assess the degree of fray, carefully examine the display for broken pixels, but it is similar to draw attention to the interface connectors (as a situation, the battery pack is loose first). If this is a clamshell or a slider, then you need to make sure that there is no backlash and other signs of wear of the phone case. Pay attention to the display behavior when the device is closed — if it dramatically brightens or darkens, changes the contrast or sharpness, then the phone will require repair in the near future to replace the corresponding cable. Do not hesitate to become attached to the seller on every occasion, because the identified shortcomings will not only help you to get a general idea about the future purchase, but also bring down the price.

The next significant point is the battery. Often, used phones sin completely “dead” batteries, the value of which sometimes is half the cost of the device itself. For a short time to get acquainted 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 15-20 minutes, then we recommend calling any of the gratuitous service numbers (for example, you are allowed to listen to an electronic aunt in the subscriber service of the cellular operator), thus clearly loading way in the energy schedule. As a situation, dead batteries in such cases quickly "hand over", leading the charge indicator closer and closer to the zero mark. Also make sure that the battery does not have any physical damage (swelling and other misunderstandings). It is better to take another phone with you 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 works.

And the last. It is unlikely that the seller will agree, but it is allowed to try to persuade him to fulfill the conditions of "money back", then eat for a refund if you find later buying any fatal damage in the device.

Of course, the advice given by us does not pretend to be complete, in addition, perhaps we have missed something. Therefore, we delay additions from our readers (press the "Discuss" button at the end of the article).