Big Savings Guide to Purchasing a Mobile Phone

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Although mobile phones have increased in popularity and demand, their prices continue to soar. Long gone are the days when our plans were only £19/ month. The rise of smart phones that can do almost anything imaginable except cook us food, are now our new obsessions and phone companies are capitalising on our addiction. 

With that said, there is still a way we can enjoy our future tech love and save money too. Yes, of course there is a way to save, even for smartphones. eBay has made it a little easier for mobile phone users to save by selling their phones to others which allows sellers to make a greater profit than if they traded their phone into their mobile carrier. Buying a phone second-hand or from an individual is cheaper than purchasing one from a mobile phone company without a contract.
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Because the costs associated with mobile phones are high, it is best to purchase with caution. Here are a few tips to use, to make the purchase stress-free.
  • RED FLAG - If a phone says BAD ESN do not purchase it, only purchase those that say CLEAN ESN. The phone may be stolen, the users bill grossly unpaid, or the phone may be reported to the company as stolen. Bad ESN means that the mobile provider has restricted access to the phone, which will prevent activation for that device within their system.
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What to Look For when Buying a Phone on eBay

  • Search by Company - If you already have a preferred mobile phone provider start searching for their phones first. For instance, remember Sprint phones cannot be activated on a different carriers' service line.
  • Comprehensive Descriptions - Phone listings that go above and beyond to provide potential buyers with the most information is much more appealing. So look for listings that include the charger and accessories. If a box is included that's an extra bonus because most people throw away their boxes with a second thought. Because so many items are provided it is more likely that the seller was the genuine owner of the phone and is not trying to get over on new buyers. Also, it's a plus if the seller has taken a picture of the phone while it is on. Because some phones have water damage etc. ask about specifics and make sure it is in good working order.
  • YAY or Nay for an Unlocked phone - Should you purchase an unlocked phone? Just because a phone is unlocked doesn't mean that it will work with all carriers. Some phones are unlocked for use overseas and will not work with major U.S. Carriers. T-Mobile, Cricket, and AT&T are a little more flexible than Verizon and Sprint. Call the mobile phone company and see if they require a special sim card to work within their system.
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Protect Your Purchase

Buying a mobile phone is like purchasing an investment. It will house some very important information about you the user so choose wisely. 
Returns Allowed - Another important factor to look for is a return policy. Sellers who offer buyers some type of return policy when buying a smartphone make the process less risky. For the most part, if a buyer is being fraudulent they will not want the phone tracked back to them; therefore he or she will not offer a return policy. 
Warranty Included - Look for listing that also provide a warranty. Many listings will also have an option to by a Square Trade Warranty. 
Lastly, if you have any doubts or questions contact the seller. Sellers are on eBay because they want to make money so communication is key to their success and your satisfaction. 

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