iPhones are arguably the most popular smartphone right now, and everyone seems to want to get their hands on one. The problem for most is, iPhones are expensive. The latest iPhone models released go for about at least $1,000, and that’s just the base models. You will have to shell out more money if you’re planning on buying the higher base models.
Fortunately, there are other ways of getting an iPhone in a cheaper price. Certain websites will allow you to get deal offers significantly lower than the retail price, through refurbished units. These units either have been used by another individual before, or have been returned to a retail store because of a malfunction, but was repaired to be sold again.
If you plan on getting a refurbished iPhone, here are things you need to check before buying:
Buy only from reputable sources
Refurbished iPhones, though essentially functional, can potentially have problems that one might not be able to see right away. To reduce the risk of being sold a defective refurbished iPhone, always buy from a reputable retailer or individual seller. Check the deal history and testimonials of other buyers before making a purchase.
Check your carrier compatibility
Before buying a refurbished iPhone, always check if the unit will be compatible with your current carrier. Insert your sim card into the phone and check for basic carrier functions before pulling the trigger on the deal. Otherwise, you risk the chance of purchasing an iPhone you won’t be able to use.
Test for hardware and software problems
It’s only logical for anyone to check a phone, refurbished or not, for any physical damages. The tricky part is trying to check for damages that can’t be determined by physical checking alone. You can look up techniques to check other functions of an iPhone like the screen latency, radio band functions and such to make sure you get a fully functioning iPhone when you buy.