If it is in good condition, buying a used cell phone can be a good alternative, especially when looking to make a qualitative leap without neglecting your pocketbook.
Here are some basic questions to consider before purchasing second-hand equipment:
- Know What You Are Looking For
It may seem obvious, but it is not. Users are frequently heard asking for recommendations on “the best phone” or “the most practical.” There is no single answer. Everything will depend on the use that will be given to the mobile and the user’s demand, of course.
If the objective is to use it to take photos and videos, the priority will be the camera. In this sense, you have to consider the resolution, the aperture of the lens, and the quantity and quality of the phone’s lenses.
If, on the other hand, the priority is placed on the cell phone has a battery that lasts all day, then we must focus on the capacity and evaluate if it has a fast charge. For all this, it is essential to consult the technical characteristics of the mobile before buying it. Here, a guide with some aspects that must be analyzed in detail.
- The Model
It is advisable to buy equipment that is not more than one or two years old since the older the mobile, the more chances there are that the battery is worn out or has other problems in its operation.
On the other hand, in Android, there are updates of the operating system that do not reach the older models. There will be outdated software, which implies that the mobile will be more vulnerable to any attack since it will not include the latest safety patches.
- Check The IMEI
The best thing to do is to verify the equipment before buying it personally. In this case, some issues need to be evaluated. The first one is the IMEI, a numerical series used to identify each team.
To know the IMEI according to Movical you have to dial * # 06 # from the mobile
Users can consult a database where there is a blacklist of IMEI numbers belonging to computers reported as lost or stolen. This service, provided by the international association GSMA, seeks to prevent theft and fraud with mobile phones.
Although this database does not include phones that have not been approved by the GSMA or that have an adulterated IMEI, it is an excellent preventive measure.
- Evaluate Compatibility
If the equipment was purchased abroad, it is possible – it happens with some brands and models – that it will not work in the country where it will be used. For this, you have to check the frequencies used in the country and contrast them with those of the equipment. This information is in the manufacturer’s manual or site.