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Five things that should be considered when buying a used phone

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn a time when electronic devices become outdated within months, many people decide to save money and buy used mobile phones. The option of getting what you want for a low price exists, but often the purchase of such a phone is carried out using advertisements in papers or on the Internet. This is also often used by fraudsters. Experience of Telecommunications Service Centre shows that unaware people who buy phones off hands risk experiencing hidden defects or even fraud this way.

«Buying a phone off hands or in pawn shops is risky,» – says Janis Ducmanis, authorized representative of TSC: «There are many different risks – the device could be stolen, found, re-programmed or otherwise functionally useless. There are also no guarantees when it comes to any hidden defects. It is also important to stay away from counterfeit products, the numbers of which are on a rise in Latvia. This is why people should buy used devices only after carefully inspecting them. Phones inspected by our service can be bought from Amigo mobile network operator. According to their experience, exclusive mobile phone models that have been used very little are in highest demand.»

Before a phone is allowed to be sold again, specialists carry out a rigorous technical inspection.

Here are five things that should be considered before buying a used phone:

Check the IMEI code. The IMEI code is a unique identification number of each individual phone. It allows users to learn its history and even if the phone is meant to be used on the European market and is not blocked. This code can be found on the phone and in its system. It can be checked by dialling *#06#. If possible, it is recommended to use ww.numuri.lv or at the official distributor’s website to check IMEI code.

Ask the seller to provide purchase documents. These documents can help prove the authenticity of the phone’s origin. In addition, if the phone was used a little, it should still have its warranty and other documents. It is also possible to buy a used phone from mobile network operators that offer phones returned by other clients, inspected and with a discount.

Put in your SIM card and try to make a call. This will help you determine if the mobile phone is still capable of performing its main function and is not blocked or restricted to a single operator. If the reprogramming was carried out legally, there should not be any problems. If it was done by the previous user, it may turn out that the unblocking is temporary, which will result in some of the phone’s systems ceasing to function.

Avoid counterfeit products. It is recommended to look up if there are any fake models of the phone you intend to buy. This will help you identify them more easily. Counterfeit mobile phones can be almost indistinguishable from the original. Everything is done in order to make fake goods as similar to the original as possible. Nevertheless, counterfeit phones consist of low-quality components – counterfeit mobile phones have slower processors, low-quality displays and cameras, smaller memory and weaker batteries in comparison with their originals. Counterfeit mobile phones can be identified with IMEI code.

Carefully inspect the device’s technical state. Don’t rush things when buying a phone. Always carefully consider technical state of your desired phone – make sure there are no signs of damage. Also make sure no one has tampered with it – check the screws and make sure all components fit perfectly.

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