Selling Used and Refurbished Cell Phones
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In The United States the average person has about 3 to 4 cell phones which are no
longer in use as the result of an upgrade, or just plain old defects in the
phone they have abandoned.
A Recent study Conducted By Phone Rush Inc, has concluded that over 80% of the phones no longer in use by users are actually working phones with no defects. While some users have found alternatives andoutlets to selling those used cell phones. Some have taken alternatives on large auction websites or just plain old community based websites where local
trading takes place. Some measures and precautions should be taken to protect
both your privacy, property and well being.
Selling Your Phone
When selling your phone it's important to assess that all components are functional such as
the charging port, battery, screen, and whether the phone powers on and off
On a used cell phone, the buttons tend to be the most important part because its most
used to dial numbers and send text messages. On phones with full keyboards, its
important to open a text message, save as draft, and press all buttons and numbers 1-9, and letters from
In performing the button test, the screen test is also being performed
simultaneously. If you fail to see any numbers appear on the screen after testing
the buttons, the buttons may be dysfunctional.
Sound & Audio Testing
The next test would be the sound, In testing the sound on a used cell phone, select
ringtones and sample them. In doing so, the phones speakers are being tested.
Play a few ringtones until you hear and confirm that the sound is working.
Deleting Private Information
Lastly, any used phone will still contain the previous owner's most private information
such as phone numbers, addresses, pictures and names. It is important to secure
your most private information by deleting any private information by performing
a master reset on the device. Any information on performing a master reset can
be found on the manufactures website.
Buyer A Used Cell Phone
Buying a used cell phone can be confusing at times if it is your first time. There are
many things to check for and be certain of that the average used cell phone
buyer forgets to check for. Its important to know a few things such as All
phones do not work across all carriers for example a Verizon Wireless cell
phone will not work with T-Mobile Service. There are two types of service
providers in the United States.
GSM and CDMA. GSM carriers cover companies like T-Mobile, AT&T, H20, Simple Mobile,
just to name a few. CDMA Carriers cover companies like Verizon Wireless,
Sprint, PagePlus, and Alltel. Not all have been listed here however its just to
provide a reference point.
How to Tell A CDMA Phone From A GSM
A GSM phone operates by use of a "SimCard. The Simcard for the phone carries all of the
user data such as phone number, and contacts. CDMA phones do not use Simcard at
When buyinga CDMA phone, it is always important to get the serial number or the ESN numberto verify that it is not lost or stolen. In a recent report released by The Phone
Rush, it has been found that over 50% of all sprint phones being sold can't be
reactivated due to the serial/esn number being locked.
serial number can be locked for many reasons. The main 3 reasons include but
are not limited to: Lost or Stolen, Breach of Contract, Previous owner still
owes a bill to the original provider of the phone. Its important not to buy
phones in the listed condition.
Be sure that the phone you are buying is an accepted phone by your original carrier. Phones
that are not accepted or approved by your original carrier will not be allowed
on the network. For example, if you decide to buy a replacement/
even used T-Mobile Cell Phone, be sure that the GSM phone you are buying has a
T-Mobile Logo affixed to it or has been approved by T-Mobile at one point or
another. With T-Mobile Used and Refurbished cell Phones, There is no need to
record or ask to verify the serial number. T-Mobile phones use simcard , which
when removed from the phone leave the phone free to be used by others. With a similar simcard.
Lastly besure to buy your cell phones from a legitimate Company for used and refurbished
cell phones. Phone Rush.com (www.thephonerush.com)
cell phones of all sorts and offers a 180 day warranty on all phones sold. Be
sure to also shop only at places that offer a return policy. Return policies
provider surety that if a phone does not work for you that you can get your money
back in a safe manner. Research any company you intend to buy from usually by doing
a google search to see what other buyers or people say about that company.