Tips for Buying a Used iPhone
It is everyone’s desire to own an iPhone, but they are quite expensive. Rarely will you find an iPhone that is on sale. For anyone that wishes to have an iPhone without paying the full price, buying a used one can be the best option.
You can save quite some money by purchasing a used iPhone, but you must consider if this tradeoff is worth. If you are seriously considering buying a used iPhone, here are some things that you need to check before making a purchase.
Get the Right Phone for Your Carrier
In general, every model of the iPhone 5 starting with iPhone 5 will operate on all phone company networks. It is important however to note that the AT and T’s network use an extra LTE signal that other networks don’t use which can result in faster service in some places. Buying an iPhone that was designed for use with Verizon and bringing it for use an AT&T network means that you will have no access to that extra LTE signal. Ask the iPhone seller to offer you the model number so that you can check its suitability to your network carrier.
Make Sure that it’s not Carrier Locked
Even if you have got the right iPhone model, it is a good idea to call the phone company before making a purchase to confirm if the phone can get activated. In Order to get this, ask the seller for the phone’s IMEI or MEID number and then call your carrier and give them that number; they should be able to identify any problem.
Buy the Right Storage Capacity
It is often tempting to buy phones for a lower price, but you should remember that most use iPhones are not the latest models and the storage space is not much. The current top-of-line iPhones offer up to 256GB of storage. Some of the most inexpensive iPhone models offer as little as 16GB space but it is wise that you don’t settle for anything less of 32GB.
Check the Battery
It is not possible to replace the iPhones battery hence you want to be sure that any refurbished iPhone you buy has a strong battery. An iPhone that has not been used for long should have a decent battery life but one that has over a year needs to be scrutinized. Ask the seller many questions as you can regarding the battery and find out if they can install a new one before you buy. Be sure to also verify on their return policy if the battery turns out not to having a long life as they said.
Assess the Features and Price
When buying a used iPhone, make sure that you know what features you are looking for. In most cases, used iPhones are one generation behind and may not have the features that the current model has; just make sure that you are satisfied with what it has to offer. The price should also match the features.