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Things to consider when buying tech gifts this Christmas


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Things to consider when buying tech gifts this Christmas

Things to consider when buying tech gifts this Christmas

Christmas is now fast approaching and there are plenty of new gadgets that parents or other family members are thinking of buying for their children. We know it can be stressful buying your children or family members phones or tablets, especially when it comes to security.

You don’t need to worry; at Used Mobiles 4U, we can help you get to grips with the safety features available on the most popular gadgets this Christmas. We’re here to give you useful and practical advice when buying a new smartphone, games console, tablet or another internet-connected device.

First Top Tip

Have a look at the device before Christmas; it might be worth buying early on in December and take the time to install the parental controls and safety settings that you want. You’ll know if the device works properly and you’ll worry less about finding time to install parental controls once your family member already has access to the device.

Setting up parental controls on your home internet.

It’s important to look at parental controls that you currently have on your internet at home, as this can reduce the chances of young people coming across inappropriate content on the web. Most internet providers offer free parental controls, which you can use to ensure young people in your household are safe when browsing or gaming. If you’re unsure of where to find them, then we would suggest getting in touch with your internet provider.

Connected toys

Internet-connected toys are bound to be on someone’s Christmas list, they may offer fun, but they present risks and challenges. It may be worth asking about the safety and security of that toy before you buy it; for example, ask about the privacy controls and safety settings or features to make sure it’s suitable for your family. One thing you can do is play or use the toy together to work out how it works and make sure that you know how the safety features work.

The golden rule of buying a phone as a gift

Buying a used phone for Christmas is often a gift that you’re giving as a surprise, so before you pass it over to a loved one, make sure you’ve gone through the process of setting it up securely. One of the most important factors is the wireless carrier for internet and calls, whether that be EE, O2, Vodafone etc. Each wireless network will have a technique to prevent their phones from being used with competitors sim cards. One tip we have is to buy a sim free phone from a retailer such as ourselves. You could directly ask the gift recipient which wireless carrier they use or consider buying an unlocked phone from Used Mobiles 4U. All our phones can arrive unlocked, so they are guaranteed to work on almost all wireless carriers.

We would suggest keeping your receipt handy just in case there are any issues with the tech item you have chosen to buy.

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