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The iPhone is a great device and everyone wants one, but they aren’t cheap, and they rarely go on sale. So, if you want to get an iPhone without paying full price, buying a used iPhone may be your best bet. While a used iPhone can be a good deal, there are a few things you should watch out for.
Buying refurbished phones or finding used phones can save some cash, but these devices may come with trade-offs. If you’re considering buying a used iPhone, here are three(3) things you need to check before buying.
1. Proof of Purchase
Ask the seller to provide a soft or hard copy of the original receipt. The receipt will be able to tell you two important things: previous ownership and warranty status.
Once you have the iPhone receipt, check if the seller’s name or ID matches the recipient and the purchase date.
This allows you to identify if the seller was the first owner and if the iPhone is still under warranty. If the seller can’t provide a receipt, decide whether you are okay with not being able to trace device ownership.
While some phones can still be in good condition after several owners, the chances of misuse and security risks are definitely higher.
2. IMEI Number
To check if the device specs match the official receipt, ask the seller to go to Settings > General > About to find the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. Alternatively, ask them to dial *#06# and retrieve the unique IMEI number that way.
The iPhone will then display the IMEI number, which you can check against the proof of purchase the seller gave you.
You should also use IMEI.info to check the mobile device network, country, warranty, system version, and other specs.
3. Touch Test
Next, determine if both the physical keys and screen are working. On a live video or during physical inspection, ask the seller to press each physical button while paying attention to the iPhone response. Then ask the seller to demonstrate the basic iPhone hand gestures such as swipe, zoom, and tap.
Many older iPhones tend to have problems with their Home or Touch ID buttons. Don’t forget to ask the seller to demo these functions gesture while paying attention to the responsiveness of the device.
To be continued….