Guest post: Teach an Old Phone New Tricks – How To Buy A Used Phone

Today’s guest post comes from Nick Rojas

Teach and Old Phone New Tricks - How To Buy A Used Phone


In today’s modern age, practically everyone uses a smartphone. It’s the way we communicate, and do research. However, buying a new one can be expensive. That’s why used phones are so popular.

But, how do we do it properly? After all, there are many things to think about. The following information will show you how to get a phone on the market, the many aspects of a phone to think about when purchasing a used phone, and what to consider regarding value.

How Do Used Phones Get On The Market?

If all these features are available, you might wonder why it’s so easy to buy a used phone. According to this linked infographic, It could be any number of factors including faulty models being sent back to the manufacturer or it could be sold by the previous owner. If that happens, the device will not be in its original package, and may show some wear and tear. However, it should still function well. There are many aspects to consider when buying a used phone.

Is It Locked

For example, the device may be “locked”, which means it only works with a certain provider. If it’s “unlocked”, you can use it with any company. If it’s locked, you know it’s tied to a certain carrier.

Check The Settings

Another issue is the phone’s settings. Make sure that your phone is restored to the factory settings. You don’t want to have to deal with anything previously on the phone. It’s yours now. So, it should be considered a blank slate.

Research The History

We all know that previous models of a phone can have problems. Do you remember the problems with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7? According to Wired, It turns out “there wasn’t enough room between the heat-sealed protective pouch around the battery and its internals.” In layman’s terms, there wasn’t enough padding between the battery, and the phone wires to protect things from heating up. As a result, the phone got too hot, and the battery exploded. So, make sure you know the history of the phone you’re buying.

Teach and Old Phone New Tricks - How To Buy A Used Phone

Best Value Used Smartphones

If you need assistance looking for a quality phone, we have a great guide for you. PhoneCheck has put together a list of smartphones that work well, and also have a great value. Knowing what trends are considered worthy, and which ones are obsolete, will help you figure out the phone that’s best for you.

For example, the Galaxy S7 (which is much different than the Note 7) rivals the iPhone with a great battery life. It’s also resistant to water, which is great if you forgot to put it down before swimming. The S7 Edge is an upgrade that allows you to perform more tasks with a sleeker design. The upgrade also includes a better camera

Of course, iPhones are always popular, and the iPhone 6S is a great device because of its security features. Since Apple constantly gives updates, this device is less prone to hacking. You can always use a diagnostic tools to ensure that it’s running. You can never be too safe – especially since the iPhone is so popular.


There are plenty of reasons to be careful when purchasing a used phone. Researching previous phone models, and their safety, will ensure you are making a good purchase. You can also understand each device’s features. As a result, you’ll be able to make an educated decision on the phone that’s best for you.

Guest author bio

Nick Rojas combines 20 years of experience working with and consulting for small to medium business and a passion for journalism to help readers grow. He writes about technology, marketing, and social media for the aspiring entrepreneur. When Nick is not sharing his expertise, he can be found spending time at the beach with his dog Presto. @NickARojas

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