Keep the following 7 tips in mind before you buy a second-hand smartphone to get the best deal...
Ask for bill, box and accessories
If you don't get original accessories, you can always ask the seller to lower the price by a few hundred rupees.
Also check the processor, since Mediatek-powered phones that are over a year old do not deliver good performance. Try to score a second-hand smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip since these last longer. Intel-powered smartphones would be good too, but they affect battery life adversely.
Check if it's stolen
If the box is not available, then check the phone's IMEI number by dialling *#06# and checking the IMEI number on phone tracking websites like IMEIdetective.com. If the device is stolen and the owner has put in the IMEI number for tracking, then you will be saved from buying a stolen product and can even help the owner get his/her phone back.
If you are buying the smartphone in-person, then bring a laptop and a USB cable. Connect the laptop and the smartphone to see if it charges well and does not show issues while transferring data.
Also, insert your own sim card to ensure that it catches the network easily. Surf the web, download a few apps, take a few photos etc to make sure that the unit is not defective in any way.
It also lets you warn others of a bad product being sold by sellers.
Also, keep an eye out for smartphones that have third-party warranties, since these also mean that you get some damage protection, which is better than none.
4 Things You Absolutely Must Know Before Buying a Used iPhone
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