When purchasing a used smartphone, keep in mind that the phone may not be in the same condition as when it was first purchased. The phone may have been damaged by the previous owner. Research the model of smartphone you are thinking about buying. Here are five things to consider before making your purchase.
1. Stay away from stolen phones
The first and most important step is to verify the IMEI or Serial Number of the smartphone you are considering purchasing. If it's a dual SIM phone, make sure there are two different numbers, as each SIM card slot has its own IMEI number. You can do this by dialling *#06# from your phone. If you do not locate it, the phone may be stolen or snatched.
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2. Battery Health
Following the IMEI number, the battery health of the phone should be checked. If the battery health is less than 80%, you should avoid buying that phone because it could be a damaged phone with some issues under the hood. You can do this by installing third-party apps such as the AccuBattery app.
3. Check The Physical Condition Of The Phone
Physical damage can also contribute to the phone's poor performance. Examine the phone's scratches, ports, speakers, front and rear cameras, and overall appearance. It is also advised to increase the brightness to 100% and search for patches on the screen (if any).
4. Verify That Each Function Is Operational
Insert the SIM card, make phone calls, send messages, play games, listen to music, take pictures, and connect to Wi-Fi to ensure that all hardware and software are working properly. If not, you may be looking forward to purchasing the phone.
5. Check The Background Of The Phone Seller
The final but most important step is to investigate the reseller's credibility. If the person selling you the phone is involved in fraud, criminal cases may bring you some unwanted trouble.
So, now you know how to ensure that you are up for a good deal that is sheer value for money.