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Things You Need To Check Before Buying A Used iPhone

Buying a secondhand iPhone from Bangladeshi local market, specially from online marketplace could be a great risk. In most cases,…

By Editorial Staff , in iPhone Opinion Tips and Tricks , at January 27, 2015

Buying a secondhand iPhone from Bangladeshi local market, specially from online marketplace could be a great risk. In most cases, if you are not a little careful, you will almost inevitably be cheated. Even if you are that unfortunate, you could be disastrously jeopardize yourself. Here’s how:

Things You Need To Check Before Buying A Used iPhone

Because neither you will have any kind of warranty, nor will get money back guarantee for your transaction. Meaning, you will get the chance to check whatever you need to check only at the time of purchase. And the seller, obviously, will not accept any objection later on. Though, some of the gadget shops from the Boshundhara City Shopping Mall offers maximum of 6 months of service warranty for their used iPhones. That is why they are more expensive than any regular online or local market price.
There are several organized crime groups in Dhaka city who are actively involved with selling stolen ‍and robbed iPhone nationwide. Recent police investigation shows, those gangs are mainly based in Gulisthan, Old Dhaka, Farmgate and Elephant Road. They are so cunning, experienced and clever. So, if you are not smart enough, you will find your newly bought secondhand iphone is not working the way it should work. Some features may not work or the phone is an ‘iCloud locked’ iPhone.
If these are not the things happened with you; then dont think yourself lucky yet! After a couple of days, you may realize that the device is actually a stolen or robbed iPhone. In that case, if you do not check before you buy and the original owner files a lawsuit against you, you may even end up in jail or police custody facing criminal charges.
Hence, I have created a check-list so anyone wants to buy a used iPhone, can be tremendously benefited by following my list. If anyone follows my list completely, he or she has almost zero per cent risk of being cheated. Those are as follows:
First of all, you should study a bit (specially the features and specifications) on the iPhone model you are going to buy. please take a safety-pin (to open up the SIM tray of the iPhone) and an internet activated nano SIM card along with you as no other SIM card is insertable into the iPhone 4 or the newer model, except for the ‘nano’ one. The seller does not offer an earphone with his iPhone at times; in that case, you may take one with you as well.
Ask the seller first, whether his SIM is already internet activated. If not, insert your own SIM and start checking the iPhone.
i) Delete the iCloud Account : The first thing you need to check after you have your hands on the iPhone, whether that is locked with any iCloud Account. System Address: [settings > iCloud > any e-mail address]. If its locked, then request the seller to unlock it in front of you. If he can not, or says that he lost the password to unlock it, then you will assume the iPhone is definitely stolen or robbed. If so, then DO NOT BUY IT!
ii) Erase all content & Settings: This is the best thing you can do to make sure you are not buying an unauthorized iPhone. So before you pay the seller up, make sure you have erased all the content and settings of the phone. [Address: Settings > General > All way down to > Reset > Erase all content & Settings.]
If you can not do it before you buy the phone or forget to do it, then some horrible sufferings may wait for you!
iii) Turn the ‘Find My iPhone’ off: As this is meant for tracking your real time location via the built-in GPS of the iPhone itself, you will be in a big trouble and/or danger if it’s stolen and can not get the feature switched off.

Things You Need To Check Before Buying A Used iPhone

iv) Storage Capacity: check the iPhone’s Hard Disk/Storage capacity if its matches with the seller’s claim.
v) Exterior including Screws + Gavey SIM tray + Turbo Unlock: Check the exterior of the phone to verify if it has already been opened the external case for servicing purpose. You should find some minor scratches on the surface of the screws if it’s opened before.

Things You Need To Check Before Buying A Used iPhone

Gevey SIM & Turbo Unlock are two of the most notorious methods of unlocking factory-locked iPhones. Please Google for more information about Turbo Unlock and Gevey SIM.
v) iTunes Log in with your own id: Try to log in to the iTunes with your own account credentials. If possible, download a handy app, Battery Doctor, for example. The app can demonstrate you some solid data of your battery usage and drainage.
vi) Data syncing & charging at the same time: If a laptop is available around, you may check if this function is working fine.
vii) Make a call.
viii) Send a SMS/MMS.
viii) Take a picture and record a video clip: to check if the camera is working properly.
ix) Voice Memo Recording: Record an audio clip of your voice to check the microphone and recording system is working normally.
x) Play a music and listen to it: with and with out the earphone on to check the earphone port and the sound output system is working nicely.
xi) Check the age of the iPhone: Click on the URL and enter the IMEI number of the iPhone, it will show you the originally purchased date and time of that iPhone (as well as it’s lock status). Thus, you can calculate how long it is being used as most of the seller hide this information under the carpet. So there is no way you can pull out the truth except you use third-party methods.

Things You Need To Check Before Buying A Used iPhone

The IMEI number can be located here: Settings > General > About > all the way scroll to the bottom.
xii) Charging with wall charger: Some of the secondhand iPhone don’t get charged with laptop, they do only with a wall-charger. And vice versa. So, Check this beforehand.
xiii) Updated OS: check if the iPhone has the latest OS version installed on it. Go to: Settings > General > About > OS Version. [Update your iPhone to iOS 8+]
xix) Dimness Test: put your finger outside of the screen and notice if its dim. If dim – Okay. if not dim – not okay. That means, the touch screen is faulty or went under the servicing at least once in its lifetime.

Things You Need To Check Before Buying A Used iPhone

xx) Check the Blue tooth and Wi-fi features: whether it is working as the way it should work. If no Wi-fi network is available near you, just check if those features turn on. Please note, there are whole lot of iPhone that has damaged these features while upgrading the OS 6 to OS 7. In that circumstances, its extremely obvious that the user would want to get rid of his iPhone by selling it.
xxi) Check the dead pixel of the iPhone screen: if you have some more time left in your hand by going to this URL. However, finding a dead or stuck pixel on iPhone screen is very rare.
xxii) Thoroughly check all the physical buttons of the iPhone: Specially, the silent button on the left side and the Home button. Because, those are tend to be non responsive due to frequent usage for a longer period of time.
xxiii) Check the band: There are 2 band types of iPhone: one is CDMA and the other is GSM. I prefer, of course, the most popular model which is CDMA. There is another type of iPhone named ‘Chinese iPhone’. If you came across this type, avoid buying it.
xxiv) Do not go for a jail-broken iPhone: I do personally always discourage people not to buy a jail-broken iPhone. An iPhone can be a serious victim of loads of problems caused by only jail breaking. So my advice would be, stay away from it.

How do you know if the iPhone you are about to buy is jail-broken?

Brilliant question. Simply search inside the iPhone with the keyword “cydia”, “Absinthe”, “winterboard” or “installous”. If you find any app installed on the iPhone with any of these names, the iPhone is jail-broken, for sure!
That’s pretty much of the check list. Now, let me give you some more handy tips. You may think this is silly, but trust me, these are way too helpful in real life, if you can really obey them:
  • If you are going to buy a secondhand iPhone from an unknown person at an unknown place, Do NOT carry cash money with you ever. Use ATM card. This is much safer and smarter.
  • If possible, do not go on your own, take someone along with you.
  • If you notice the seller is somehow in rush, assume something really wrong somewhere. But, don’t care about that. You will take all the time you need. Its better, if you can tell him that you will need more than half an hour to tick all the points on your check list beforehand. If he does not agree with this term, tell him to go and f*ck himself.
  • There are whole lot of iPhone is being sold daily through Bikroy.com, olx.com or Ekhanei.com like delicious hot chocolate cakes. (surprisingly, most of them are from Uttora area, I dont know what’s the reason behind it) So, do not think you will miss one if you let it slips through your hand. If you can not get any passed by your check list, then another a dozen waiting for you out there. You just need to be patient, smart and wise enough to apply your past experiences in appropriate places.
  • Ask the seller for a photocopy of his National ID or Voter ID card and a written draft as a prof of the transactions where it will be clearly stated that he has handed over the ownership of the iPhone to you. It may save you from intense harassment in future.
  • Check if the ID card is valid, meaning, not expired and the picture on it matches the seller. The best thing is, if you can go and make the transaction at his house; in front of any of his family member or friends.
  • Buy a good-looking plastic cover for your iPhone that covers the Apple logo on the back side of the iPhone. Many thief and/or robber can be lured just by seeing this logo. So be careful about that.
With the release of new models, used iPhones are readily available in the secondary marketplace. Used iPhones are often cheaper and therefore easier to obtain. When it comes to buying used iPhones, buyer should know more than just the color of iPhone they want. Before committing to a purchase, shoppers should look at the iPhone model, features, and condition. There are many great deals available on the online marketplaces like Ekhanei.com/Bikroy.com/OLX.com and, with a little research, a shopper can find the iPhone they want.
Usually, Apple products are costly and fancy, and hard to come by for middle class citizen of our country. On the other side, they can not just give up the desire to have one. And in this technological era, electronics goods are not luxurious items anymore, but they are so much essential in our daily life. So, people with less affordability has no choice left but to look for a used item to meet their necessity and desires keeping themselves within the limits. But the frauds are everywhere, every aspect of our society. If you want to buy a used iPhone saving yourself from them, here is how you can do it.

(This write-up was originally written by blogger Proloy Hasan. We were authorized to re-publish his article.)