Undoubtedly, the iPhone quickly dominated the gsm market when Apple's first flagship phone launched 12 years ago. The iPhone brand still remains unrivalled in its category, while constantly growing in strength and features. Apple does so by launching the sales of newer models, innovating on existing tech, or with different iOS versions of its iconic product.
Unfortunately, the current prices of the iPhone are very high and not everyone, despite wanting to own it, can afford one. That's why the gsm market is catching up and offering used products at a more reasonable price. Refurbished iPhone models also belong into the category of used phones and we should treat them the same way as used models from unknown sources and keep in mind the state the phone might be in before buying one.
The advantage of a used iPhone is primarily the fact that they are at a much lower price and the phone has already been tested by someone else for manufacturing defects. Unfortunately, there are also clear disadvantages, if we decide to buy a used product, there exists - for example - the matter of warranty, where used products can have as little as 15 days of it. Another issue is the battery, with a life of a standard unit being well below that of a newly bought model, thus requiring the phone to be charged more often.
The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique number used to identify GSM, WCDMA, and iDEN mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. Most phones have one IMEI number, but in dual SIM phones, there are two. To find out more information about your IMEI number, click the link here: IMEI Information
How to find IMEI number? Watch YouTube IMEI Tutorial
Also, check here to find what your IMEI number says about your iPhone: Everything about your iPhone
A Serial Number is a code composed of a number of letters and numbers, given to a product or series of products, to identify the place and time of manufacture, determine the legality of its origin, and sometimes also the features of the device, such as color or storage capacity. To find out more information about your Serial Number, click the link here: Serial Number Information
How to find SN (serial number)? Serial Number Tutorial
Check your IMEI number to get to know your phone better: IMEI.info
When you find out your IMEI number, you can easily check the specification as a Model, Brand, Color, Memory, Production date, iPhone age, Factory, and other basic information. What's also really interesting you can check that information by using Serial Number here: Apple Serial Number Checker
In fact, after checking the specifications, it may turn out that the model we intend to buy originally had a different color or different internal memory.
This is possible by increasing the phone's internal memory. You can find out how to do it here: Check Internal Memory Tutorial
Find My iPhone it's the most important information that you have to check before buying second-hand iPhone. You have to make sure that your device is unlocked and free of Apple security protections. Let's check if your iPhone has an activated Find My iPhone feature. We recommend to check the FMI status every time when you buy the second-hand device; about Find My iPhone read more here: Check Find My iPhone Status iCloud status checker is the new service for iOS users. From now on you can use the free checking function in order to find out if the iPhone or iPad has locked or clean iCloud status. It’s the best way to check if the Find My iPhone (FMI) was activated on your device. The checker is free of charge and all you need to know is the IMEI Number. Find out more here: iCloud Status Free Checker
If the phone is reported stolen, lost or the bills on it haven't been paid, the phone is added to the so-called blacklist. The operator blocks access to the network (calls cannot be made) until the problem is resolved.
Find out more about Blacklist by checking here: Free Blacklist Checker Info
or you can have a look at the short video, how to do it here: Blacklist Checker Tutorial
And also, you can Report Stolen or Lost Phone (If your phone is stolen or lost, you may report your IMEI number and block it. As a result, your device won’t operate in the country in which it was registered). Instructions on how to do it can be found here: Block IMEI Number Info
A warranty is a product manufacturer's or service provider's documented guarantee of quality as promised to a customer. It is worth to check if the iPhone you want to buy is covered by the warranty. You can simply check it on Apple's Website by pasting the phone's Serial Number: Warranty Info
If you have the opportunity to look carefully at the phone, paying attention to every detail. Pay particular attention to the following iPhone elements as:
The risk cannot be completely eliminated, but it is important to check if the chosen seller is honest. Always a low price for high-quality goods must be very cautious. Let's not be fooled, nobody will sell us high-quality goods for half price. Remember that professional service is also important (e.g. open user questions and quick answers), experience in the industry, positive feedback from existing customers or the availability of the offered goods on the market.
For many of us, the first step to verify the credibility of the seller will be to read the opinions posted by customers on online forums or on the store's website. However, caution should be taken with extreme opinions, because anonymity often becomes a field for various types of abuse. Sometimes, sellers try to post unethical anonymous entries that aim to discredit competitive sellers or praise their services. Checking if a particular seller does not fool us is not an easy matter, although we can predict to a large extent whether the company selling online will fulfil its obligations. Many users are credited with the credibility of the e-reseller solely on the basis of the website's graphic design. If it looks professional, it does not usually raise suspicions.
An act that the buyer often forgets is the careful reading of the store regulations. Owners of online stores should, therefore, be aware that the use of unfavourable paragraphs simply does not pay off. Apart from the lawfulness of a specific clause, we often find that the clauses themselves are controversial when shopping.
The above tips should help solve the dilemmas associated with buying a used iPhone. The most important thing is to check all aspects carefully and accurately, not to buy the iPhone just because you got an iPhone at a bargain price.