Some Second Hand Cellphone Buying Tips

Many of you reading this post are aware of the Mobile Phones category on Junk Mail. This category is very popular with Junk Mail users. There are currently more than 12,000 adverts listed in the category for the whole of South Africa. That’s a lot of cell phones. We reckon that you could probably line all of the phones up side by side on the road between the Pretoria and Johannesburg and still have cellphones left.

Most contract cell phone users upgrade their phones every 2 years. This causes an influx of cellphone classifieds on websites like Junk Mail. Many contract users who upgrade use Junk Mail (or other classifieds websites) to sell their old phones. In this day and age cellphones have become a necessity, which means that they are always in demand.

Many of you are probably thinking of buying a second hand cell phone. Today the Junk Mail team want to give you some tips on what to check when you’re buying a second hand mobile. We hope you find these tips useful

  • Before buying the cellphone, try to determine if its a stolen phone or not. If the phone is blocked by an anti-theft system it will be rendered useless.
  • Check the cellphone’s IMEI (the unique code that no 2 cellphones share). Make sure that this code corresponds with the number on the box of the used phone.
  • Check the cellphone’s exterior. Wear and tear will occur, but it’s always better to check the condition of the phone for yourself before paying the phone’s seller.
  • Research the features of the model you are thinking of buying. Google is your friend in this case. Check  the cellphone and make sure all the functions work before you buy it.
  • Check the cellphone’s battery life. Cellphone batteries perform less as they age, but even a second hand phone shouldn’t use more than 10% of its battery life while you are checking the phone.
  • Do not part with your cash unless you are 100% satisfied that the phone you are buying is working and is what is being advertised in the classifieds advert.
  • Be alert for advertisers that claim to have a store in a remote area of the country. Make sure the address being advertised in the advert actually exists. Do not drive long distances to buy a cellphone that “sounds too good to be true”.

The Junk Mail team trusts that you find the above tips useful. If you have found this post insightful, please share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. If you have a tip that you’d like to add to this list, please comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you.

Remember that you can place your free advert on Junk Mail today and get instant online exposure.

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Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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