Most of us would love to own a new iPhone, but they can sometimes be out of our price range. An easier of getting one that does not involve credit cards or paying in installment is purchasing a refurbished one. It is a used iPhone, but not in the sense that you think.
These are phones whereby the previous owner was mindful of how they used them. They took excellent care of the device, and apart from a few scuffed areas, you won’t be able to note any damage. Here are some things to look out for before getting you one.
Make sure it’s an original
So that you’re not scammed ensure that you check the IMEI and the serial number of the phone to ensure that it’s legitimate. Run it by Apple’s Check Your Service or the Support Coverage to know if it’s real or a fake. The information you get back states the iPhone model and the warranty expiration date.
Another quick way to know if the phone is genuine is going to the Apple Store and downloading apps. If it’s your first time owning an iPhone, ensure you have the general idea of how the store interphase looks. You can also try out the iTunes Store. Apple products have uniquely designed applications at are hard to replicate so you’ll be able to tell if you’re being scammed.
Check if the iPhone is locked or unlocked
You can contact the Original iPhone Service Provider and provide them with the serial number or IMEI to assist you. You can also use IMEI Info website to check your iPhone status. The other option is to insert another career network into your phone and see if it works. Call a friend, the barber shop or the support center, either, to see if it works.
Check the warranty
As a default, Apple offers a one year warranty for its products. If you buy the phone before the expiry date, then you’re still covered. There’s also the option of purchasing an additional warranty if you’re unsure about how the phone will fare on.
Confirm the iPhone status
The worst thing that could happen is buying a stolen iPhone. These devices, you will find, will have an activation lock. Before buying it from a vendor, as for the two numbers we’ve mentioned throughout this article to see the activation lock status of the phone. If the search results show that it is lock-enabled, don’t purchase it. It is likely to have been stolen, and you wouldn’t be able to use it anyway.
On the occasion that it hasn’t, and the seller was forgetful in deactivating it, give them a call and provide them with the information you’ve discovered. Re-check the status to see if they’ve been able to fix the problem.
Use a legitimate vendor website
To reduce the effort of undergoing all the above, use a certified store that specializes in refurbished iPhones. Don’t, however, be too trusting; you can use the above methods to double check.