Top 5 Mistakes when Buying Used iPhones Online on eBay or Craigslist

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Thinking of buying a used iPhone or have you used a bought iPhone and think you made a mistake? Either way the pointers here may help you proceed on what to do next.

Most people are bargain hunters. We always want to get the best price when buying something, looking for discounts, get a coupon code etc. Buying a used electronic is becoming a challenge these days because there’s always someone out there trying to take advantage of somebody. The following are common mistakes made by people when buying a used iPhone, or any smartphone.

1. Not Doing Enough Research
Buying a used iPhone online requires some amount of research. Don’t be deceived by the low price because if it’s too good to be true, most likely it is. Do you have friends who are using iPhones? Get opinions from them. They may have gone through some useful experience when they got purchased a brand new or used iPhone. Google is a great place to start to do your research but it may be too overwhelming if you’re not too tech savvy. Alternatively, why not contact us and we will do our best to clarify your doubts and give you some straight answers.

2. Not Checking the Blacklist Status
Buying a blacklisted iPhone is a nightmare because you won’t be able to use it in any way. A blacklisted iPhone is also known as iPhone with bad IMEI or bad ESN. An iPhone can get blacklisted if it is reported missing/stolen, has unpaid bills, insurance claims etc. In most Western countries, carrier blacklist database had been implemented to deter stolen devices being sold again. How to Check if Your IMEI is Blacklisted or Not?

3. Not Checking iOS 7 Activation Lock Status
This is by far the worst mistake you can do. In iOS 7, Apple introduced Activation Lock which totally disables the iPhone if Find My iPhone is turned on. The only way to disable it is to have the iCloud password setup by the original owner of the phone. You should read more on iOS 7 Activation Lock here.

4. Buying a Sprint, Verizon or any other CDMA iPhone 
I’m not saying this is a bad thing but if you intend to unlock the iPhone for use in the USA or other countries, it may cause problems because historically, these devices are the most problematic to unlock. There hasn’t been an official unlock for Sprint for nearly two years now, Verizon iPhones can only be unlocked if the ESN is clean, however, once unlocked it cannot be used on any US GSM network, unless if the iPhone is originally unlocked when purchased.

5. Buying a Locked iPhone
There might be a point in time when you feel like switching to another carrier when you’re unhappy with your current service provider. There’s also a chance that you may be traveling overseas and you’ll need to use your iPhone with overseas carriers. These are just some example scenarios why you shouldn’t get a locked iPhone. Although it may not always be possible to buy a factory unlocked iPhone due to budget constraints etc. but if you do have the option do consider getting an already unlocked iPhone. If not, you can always opt for getting an official unlocking service.
I hope the information above is useful. We can never be too careful these days. If you’ve bought a used iPhone and stuck with one or more of the above, perhaps my article on 6 Things You Can Do with an iPhone that Has Bad ESN or Blacklisted IMEI may help.

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