There’s no denying that the Apple iPhone is one of the best pieces of mobile technology that has graced our lives for some period of time. The 3.5-inch device introduced in 2007 brought with it a fantastic multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, the notion of third-party apps delivered via a curated App Store and brilliant software based integrations such as Apple’s Cover Flow. The Cupertino based company has used the last six years to build on that initial product, producing powerful device after device that has also spawned a highly active and lucrative after sales market for previous generation devices.
If you happen to be in the market for a device through secondary sales channels then it’s best to be prepared and ready to make the best decision to protect your investment. We’re going to take an educated look at some of the things to look out for when purchasing a second-hand iPhone.
Which iPhone Model Should You Be Looking to Buy?
At the time of writing there had been eight different iPhone models released into the market. The original iPhone was followed by the iPhone 3g, 3Gs, 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S and current-generation 6S plus. As you might expect, each model introduces a number of new features over its predecessor and in some cases is built with a new aesthetic design. It’s highly likely that if you’re looking to purchase an iPhone right now that you’ll want to benefit from the features that come with the latest version of iOS. The iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5S, 6, 6 plus, 6S and 6S Plus are capable of running iOS 9.X.
Device Battery Life
The ability for the device to hold a charge and remain in a powered on state is undoubtedly one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a second-hand iPhone. Apple’w own statistics estimate that the iPhone should be capable of providing approximately ten hours of prolonged usage when connected to a 3G data network from a full battery. As the battery is charged and reaches its recharge cycle limit its ability to hold power reduces. It’s definitely worth querying this information with the seller to ensure that no battery issues are encountered.
Aesthetic and Exterior Condition
It would be great if every second-hand device available could be polished and spruced up like a new out-of-the-box device. Unfortunately that’s not going to happen. It’s common sense to expect that any used device of this nature will have suffered from “general wear and tear” including scuff marks and the odd scratch here and there. With that said, it’s important to make sure that the phone doesn’t have any excessive scratches or exterior damage that could have occurred from being dropped onto hard ground. It’s also important to ensure that the multi-touch display is in good working order and is free from damage.
SIM Free or Network Locked?
We cannot stress this one enough but it is unbelievably important to make sure that the purchased device is either carrier unlocked or will work with the intended mobile network. As most networks are in the process of rolling out LTE you’ll want to make sure that the purchased iPhone supports 4G data on your chosen network in your country. It’s also extremely prudent to check that IMEI number of the device hasn’t been reported lost or stolen and blacklisted.
How to check if this iPhone is locked or Unlocked:
Simply, you have to send the iPhone’s IMEI number (you can get it by dialing *#06#, or you can ask the owner if you buy it from the internet) to iPhone IMEI check service, which will give you a full report like the below one.
- This device is LOCKED
- This device LOCKED to US AT&T
How to check if this iPhone is clean or blacklisted:
On of the most important points is to check if the used iPhone you gonna buy is clean or blacklisted (reported as lost, stolen, non-paid bills or etc). For who don’t know, blacklisted device may not work on the the carrier which blacklisted it. To do the blacklisted check, simply send your IMEI to iPhone Blacklisted Check service, then you will receive the result within few minutes
Overall Device MOT
If all of the above looks legit then it’s still a great idea to cast a keen eye over the rest of the device for anomalies. If at all possible it’s wise to get ahold of the device and use its main features including taking a phone call, accessing a WiFi network, capturing a photograph with the camera and listening to music through the 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPhone may only have four hardware buttons built into the shell but it’s vitally important to interact with all of them to make sure they are working.