Buying a used phone: do’s and dont’s

Used mobile phones have a huge market all over the world. If you are looking to buy preowned phones, read this first.


If you’re the geek type, like myself, you like the idea of owning the latest and greatest Android devices. In reality, sometimes our own budgets can get in the way of this goal, especially for those of us that prefer not to tie ourselves down to a carrier contract in order to qualify for subsidized pricing.

For those of us that are bargain shopping for our next Android purchase, some of the usual routes include buying mid-range devices that still offer a fair punch, keeping an eye out for sales, finding a deal on manufacturer refurbished device, or buying “new in box” versions of last-gen flagship devices. One other way to score a good deal is to consider going the “used” route.

Used. There’s just something about this word that seems to have a negative connotation, as in “we’ve used it up, it’s no longer good”. That’s probably why so many retailers that sell used products (games, hardware, cars, etc) tend to use the word pre-owned as an alternative. Scary word aside, buying used doesn’t have to be a bad experience. Personally, I’ve bought a number of used devices online over the years, mostly as secondary phones and tablets or to gift to friends and family. Almost every time, the experience has been positive.


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