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Thinks to See while buying an Second Hand Mobile.

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    Hi Guys this is my another Article regarding how to buy and second hand mobile..

    Every one loves have an costly with an luxury looks and many features like High Mega Pixel camera, larger display, Higher memory and features etc..
    Those mobile with these feature would cost pretty higher and wont fit for our budget and we use to go to an Plan B, Yes buying an second hand of the model we think of buying it as a New one...
    Here are some things to see before you buy an Second Hand mobile..

    *Ask the Retailer why and for what reason the person sold the mobile..
    *Check whether does the mobile is damaged in body panel, camera etc..
    *Check when does the phone has been manufactured.. Press *#0000# and see the date of it..
    Note: it is not the mobile manufacturing date, its the software date of the mobile and it can be changed by updating the software...
    *Open the back cover and check for the screws.. screws which dont have grip on it have been serviced many times..
    *Ask what all come with the mobile and ask for how much warranty does it left over...
    *Check the IMEI in the box and the mobile together, and then note done the IMEI number which display on the screen by pressing *#06# and then open the back panel and check does they match...
    *Check whether all the Keys and camera, headset port, charger port, Mic and speaker works perfectly...
    *Never buy mobile which has minor faults, which will lead to an major repair...
    *Dont buy Korean mobiles at an cheaper price and dont buy them atall...
    *Buying an HTC touch, see whether the touch responds correctly and remove the back panel and see does there any VOID sticker place on top of any screw..
    if its there means then the mobile has not been to service atall...

    Thats it Guys... Stay in Touch for more Article...

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    all your points are invalid ...


    most of the phones sold in the black market in the second hand virtue are either from steals or are exhausted...
    job takes the child away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickey View Post
    all your points are invalid ...


    most of the phones sold in the black market in the second hand virtue are either from steals or are exhausted...
    yes agreed, btw if you want to buy a second hand mobile, don't contact the dealer, always look for some random guy who want to sell their phone.

    Most imp point above second hand phones are, in many of them, the dealers remove the original Display and puts in the China Display, we won't notice it while looking at it, but after 5-6 months your display is gone, and you will have to pay around 3K to get a new one.

    Better buy some new mobile rather than Second Hand.

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    I usually buy such phones from people I know so that I can return it if it does not work well. This I got to know the hard way when I bought a phone that was actually spoilled. I had to tap the screen most times so that it could display anything.
    So what you said I should look at I will put in mind and never get coned again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mwazaule View Post
    I usually buy such phones from people I know so that I can return it if it does not work well. This I got to know the hard way when I bought a phone that was actually spoilled. I had to tap the screen most times so that it could display anything.
    So what you said I should look at I will put in mind and never get coned again.
    Exactly, it is just like buying a second hand car. It is better to buy from a friend, family member or at least a known person. Because otherwise you never know how the car has been used by the owner.

    In fact I never buy second hand mobile and I am not a big fan of changing my mobile quite often. Whenever I need to buy a phone, I always go for a new one. If the it is too pricey, I will just wait for some time to let the price come down. It works almost all the time as competition is very stiff nowadays. I think buying a second hand phone is not advisable on a security point of view either. Who knows what is inside in it, may be a keylogger kind of application or even worse!

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    Wether a Phone is second hand or brand new, I want a Phone with easy to replace batteries. So I wont need to hire a repairman if my Battery got broken. I want batteries that are easy to remove. I hate those phones where I have to unscrew stuff to remove the batteries. I am not sure about Korean Phones but they were much better than Chinese Phones.

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    To be honest I've never bought a,second hand device, and while I know a lot of people will have and not had any trouble, I think there's are a lot of risks you take when you do go down that route.

    Sometimes the cheapest option isn't always the best option in the long run.

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    Another thing that makes me hesitate to buy a second hand phone. It could be stolen, Some robbers actually kill people just to get their cellphones and tablets then sell it to a pawnshop. I don't feel secure if I can potentially buy something that is stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Another thing that makes me hesitate to buy a second hand phone. It could be stolen, Some robbers actually kill people just to get their cellphones and tablets then sell it to a pawnshop. I don't feel secure if I can potentially buy something that is stolen.
    That is true. In case of a criminal offense by the earlier user of a mobile phone your nearest police station will get an alert as soon you put a SIM in that mobile and switch it on. Nowadays mobile is the link through which most of the criminal cases are being resolved. It tracks the individuals movements and presents and it is easier for the cops to find it out later with the help of mobile tower records.

    There is also a possibility of a creepy software already loaded in a used phone. In that case our privacy could be at stake. So, it is always better to avoid a second hand communication device. Better go for a new one or wait till its price comes down.

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    A brand new older model seemed like a better idea. It is also cheap but it has no risks involved like the gadget being stolen. I know someone who got jailed for buying a stolen phone. That person thought he got a bargain but the original owner got the phone detected and called the cops immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    A brand new older model seemed like a better idea. It is also cheap but it has no risks involved like the gadget being stolen. I know someone who got jailed for buying a stolen phone. That person thought he got a bargain but the original owner got the phone detected and called the cops immediately.
    That can happen anytime for sure. It is better to keep the bills with us at least so that we can convince the cops.

    I can still recollect an incident that happened with one of my colleagues a few years back. He got a second hand phone at an incredibly cheap rate. But the night that followed the phone started sending vulgar SMSs to a few contacts in his phone (including females!). This happened at midnight and he was not aware of that. The next day when he came to office, he was stunned. He was about to lose the job, but could convince the management finally. He could clear the virus using F-Secure antivirus I think.

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    Oh nice! I appreciate your informations. Here in Brazil, there are some website to sell second hand mobile, however it is not a good idea over the internet. Because we cannot test the phones and verify its integrity.

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    I think in the US they have a more strict standard when it comes to second hand phones because they have more strict laws. We people from poorer countries feel less safe because there is no quality control for second hand phones and there are know laws that set standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I think in the US they have a more strict standard when it comes to second hand phones because they have more strict laws. We people from poorer countries feel less safe because there is no quality control for second hand phones and there are know laws that set standards.
    You are absolutely right. Here it is money that rules everything. Shop owners are ready to take any second hand mobile phones if they can have it at a great discount so that they can sell it to somebody else at a higher price. I think it is high time that we should have some rules on exchange of second hand mobiles. But in the case of second hand cars the situation is not pathetic. We can get a guarantee from renowned companies while buying a second hand car from a them.

    Otherwise, the buyers need to be more aware of the hidden dangers in second hand mobiles. I think bringing awareness is the only viable solution here.

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    If there are stores in our country with great reputation when it comes to second hand items, I would not hesitate to buy. Sadly there is a high possibility that most stores on my area either sells stolen items or broken items. If there are second hand stores with approval from a quality commission of the government It would be great.

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    I think there should be some kind of a written agreement between the shop owner and the buyer that the handset is free of any criminal records and in case any issue arises the shop owner or the actual owner of the handset will be held accountable. There should be a law to this effect. This should be made legal for other equipment like laptops, tablets etc also.

    If a person sells a mobile to a shop, the shop owner should take a copy of the identity and address proof of the person who sells it. I think that can address the issue of theft.

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    I think that problem is already settled in the US. It is safer to buy second hand phones there. Sadly it is not the case in India and other developing countries. Maybe I should start emailing this idea to some congressmen and senators.

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    My cousin is a regular customer in a shop in a nearby city. She bought and traded some of her phones. Eventually, she found out that many of their phones sold were stolen.

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    Here in the UK there's also a lot of protection in place as to buying or selling mobile phones, or any electical device for that matter.

    Before a store will buy a device they will do a number of security checks to make sure it a not listed as stolen, and I've even been in a shop where the police have been called and the potential seller as been questioned as to how they've come across the device in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    Here in the UK there's also a lot of protection in place as to buying or selling mobile phones, or any electical device for that matter.

    Before a store will buy a device they will do a number of security checks to make sure it a not listed as stolen, and I've even been in a shop where the police have been called and the potential seller as been questioned as to how they've come across the device in the first place.
    Is secondhand mobile phones being sold common there? I didn't expect it also is. Anyway, inspection here rarely happens. It wasn't just too strict which I think they should impose restrictions to protect buyers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    Is secondhand mobile phones being sold common there? I didn't expect it also is. Anyway, inspection here rarely happens. It wasn't just too strict which I think they should impose restrictions to protect buyers.
    It is quite common over here, and on most of the marketplace sites aswell as pawn stores there will be a lot of mobile phones for sale. The inspections are in place to protect the buyer aswell as the store, as they themselves don't want to get a bad reputation from trading in stolen goods.

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    I think I will only buy a second hand Item now if it's from a friend of family member that I know. At least I know who the original owner is and it is not guaranteed to be stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I think I will only buy a second hand Item now if it's from a friend of family member that I know. At least I know who the original owner is and it is not guaranteed to be stolen.
    Same here. I don't trust buying second hand phones in market. I used to buy second hand phones back then but the phone only lasts for few months. Not even sure where it came from. So I will only be buying phones which is brand new or from someone I really knew.

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    More and more people are wary these days about buying anything second hand as not only do you have to worry about how long it will last, you also have to wonder why they're selling an item in the first place and if it's for a legitimate reason.

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    Nowadays second hand mobiles are available in plenty as people use to throw away a model as soon as an updated version appears in the market. So I think in most of the cases people sell it when a new version comes. But there is no way we can understand the actual history of the phone. There are no set rules for it.

    I am quite skeptical about going for a second hand device as we never know what is there inside. But I think it's OK to buy second hand sets from reliable sources like friends or family members whom we can trust.

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    In our country, it is allowed to sell second hand phone and I don't see anything wrong with that. The only problem that raises is where it really came from. There are many theft and snatchers around and those second hand phones might came from them. I think that's what the government should give an attention to protect consumers. Though, I am not yet convinced to buy secondhand phones again unless it came from a friend or a family member.

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