Buying a used smartphone can save you a lot of money, but it obviously involves a few risks. Here are some tips on how to buy a used a phone in Australia.
Smartphone companies release new models every few months now. Since people frequently have the urge to upgrade to the newest models, you can get an impressive deal on a used smartphone. Buying used phones means you have to do your research properly and recognize the limitations. For instance, you will generally be foregoing warranty service. Second, you need to ensure everything is in excellent condition and works properly. And finally, based on these, you have to get the right price.
Where to buy it?
Once you have a good idea of what kind of used phone you want and the budget you are willing to spend its time to find a trustworthy seller. Some shoppers will opt for classified ads platforms like eBay since they are on the cheaper side of the spectrum. However, keep in mind that you will deal with third-party sellers on these platforms and they come with a greater risk than online shops that have a proven track record of selling used phones to satisfied customers.
MobileTrade will inspect every phone to ensure high-quality standards, offer a reasonable return policy, and provide customer support to guarantee that you are satisfied with your purchase. This gives you more time to determine if the smartphone meets your expectations, whereas buying a phone from a random person on eBay often forces you to rapidly check the device in person.
What to check before buying
Whether you are meeting someone in person to inspect a used phone before buying or you are receiving your phone in the mail, there are certain things you will always want to check before committing to your purchase. So if you are buying a used phone from another person these are things you will need to change.
Before you boot up your used phone, you will first want to perform a quick visual inspection for any visible damages. Check for any noticeable scratches or dents on the screen and camera and press the different buttons to make sure they are functional.
Boot up the smartphone to make sure the entire screen area responds well to your touch and there are no dead spots on the screen. You should also test the screen brightness and make sure there is no off-color tinting or splotching that will affect your use of the phone.
Microphone, and speakers
Open the built-in voice recording app included on most smartphones and record a short mp3 recording. Playback audio with and without your headphones to make sure everything is working properly. This will also test the headphone port if the phone has one.
Load the camera application and take a few pictures and videos using every single camera phone has. The picture quality should look crisp and unobstructed by any visual anomalies(from a crack for example).
Check your phone battery health to make sure it’s working properly. You can use apps like AccuBattery or if you are buying an iPhone, you can check Battery Health in settings.
Finally, you will have to test the charging cable that comes with your used phone. Make sure that battery charges properly when plugged in. If you have your laptop with you, check if you can access the phone folder.