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Things You Need to Know Before Buying Second Hand Mobile Phones


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Things You Need to Know Before Buying Second Hand Mobile Phones

A lot of excitement is experienced by the person who unwraps a brand new mobile device that has all the latest technology and features. The type of joy that is experienced by an individual who purchases a second-hand smartphone cannot be compared to that of a person who purchases a brand new phone. Buying a new phone, however; may not be a viable option every time. If you are the type that is always on the lookout for the latest phones models in the market, then you may consider purchasing second-hand mobile phones. In this blog, we talk about all you need to know before buying second-hand mobile phones. This is more of a Used Mobiles article guide on the do’s and don\’ts

Stolen Second-Hand Mobile Phones

Among the first things that you need to know is that it is not advisable to purchase stolen phones. You need to be aware and alert on how to differentiate a good legal second-hand mobile phone from a stolen mobile phone. Buying a stolen smartphone is a strict ‘no-no’. Logically speaking, why should you get in trouble with the legal authorities for a phone that you are willing to spend your money on that has been reported lost or stolen? A stolen phone or a phone that may have been reported missing may have consequences to the buyer. For example, stolen phones may have been used in the past for the execution of unlawful activities which may incriminate you.

To make sure that you are buying a good second-hand mobile phone, make sure that the seller of the smartphone provides you with a soft or hard copy of the phone’s original bill. The bill should indicate the name of the seller of the devices along with other details such as the date and time of the original purchase together with the store or the shop where the buyer bought the mobile phone from.

Real Vs Fake

It’s a no-brainer that our market today thrives with the abundance of fake Korean and Chinese phones. These phones are a mere replica of the original mobile phone models. The manufacturers of these mobile phones have made it hard for ordinary individuals to tell the difference between a fake and a real phone. It’s tough to discern with the naked eye, which is real and which is fake. Having the right knowledge about how a real original model of a smartphone looks like can help you identify a fake phone or a clone.

Determining the Usability of Accessories and Ports

If you decide to purchase a used phone, then it is essential to examine all the accessories and ports of the phone. Make sure that the charger of the phone that you want to purchase is working correctly, also make sure that the earphone port is also working. Another thing that you need to check is if the battery or the new phone drains fast. The battery may drain fast of may get heated too soon. These are some of the minor things that you need to know before you decide to purchase a used mobile phone.

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Why Choose Us?

At Used Mobiles 4 U, you are guaranteed to receive a second hand phone that is fully functional to factory standards.

Another plus point is that we sell second hand phones that are thoroughly tested and working, ready to be used.


12 April 2024

Very pleased with my purchase

Purchased a phone from these guys a few years ago and was completely satisfied then so when it came to my latest requirement I thought I would return. The phone I wanted was out of stock for a few months but I was in no rush so I waited until one became available. I received it a few days ago and am completely happy with it. The condition is exactly as described, in fact it’s better than that in my opinion. Well done chaps, keep up the good work, I will certainly recommend you if someone should ask.


9 April 2024

Great customer service – highly recommend

Went back for a second purchase today as so impressed with customer service and products. Very prompt repair on warranty with no quibble. Would definitely recommend.


8 March 2024

Decent price delivered on time BUT when the iphone microphone was erratic I contacted Used Mobiles 4 U to arrange a replacement or refund. This is when they showed their excellence. Arranged return for MY convenience and sent through a postage QR for my ease. A real pleasure doing business with them – and I’m likely to again. Oh, and by the way, the new (used) phone works great…