1. Make sure it's not stolen
So your going through the classifieds or marketplace looking for that used cell phone in Kelowna and you found something that you wish to purchase. So a very common mistake we seen regularly at our shop (Kelown Cell Repair Inc.) was customers bringing in a used cell phone they purchased but it had no cell phone signal. This was the case once their sim card was installed. This was caused by the device being Blacklisted on every mobilty network in North America.
So you may ask how does a used cell phone get Blacklisted? So the most common reason would be that a customer looses their cell phone and reports it lost and stolen and just like that it's on the Blacklist. Only the existing owner can get this removed of off this list and it's quite difficult for them to do this. The other way a device can Blacklisted if an account is delinquent enough for non payment or fraud. If a person passes away and the contract is terminated the carriers will still Blacklist the device.
When purchasing a used cell phone the problem is that at the time of purchase the device may not be on the Blacklist yet as sometimes it can take a day or two to get on there. Kelowna's used cell phone market is good however you must be very cautious and do a lot of dueligence. The site to check if a device is on the Blacklist https://www.devicecheck.ca/check-status-device-canada/ . This is why we started selling used cell phones in Kelowna, used Apple iPhones and used Samsung smartphones as we seen too many customers taken adavantage of and scammed. We guarantee that this will never happen to a device purchased from our store as we only purchase device from a specific wholesaler that is trusted and reputable. The devices we are selling are not customer purchased devices and not refurbished but short term corporate returns as new condition.
2. Make sure it doesn't have an iCloud lock or Google lock
Another huge problem in the used cell phone sales market in Kelowna is people selling devices that have iCloud locks on it and Google lock (commonly known as FRP) on it. When buying that used Apple iPhone or used Andriod device in Kelowna you must check that it's free and clear of any of these locks. Even if the device looks like it has been wiped you may think you're in the clear however this clould be not the case. On either an Apple iOS or Andriod OS get it of off the activation screen and to a point where you can see all of the Apps ect on the main page/screen. If it has an iCloud lock or Google lock you wouldn't be able to get to this point.
3. Make sure its working properly
So you just met up with the person your buying the device from. You must make sure the device is working and functioning as it should. Test the majority of the smartphones features. For example the camera, Wifi, mic, speakers, make a call just to name a few. Kelowna Cell Repair Inc has always been great place to meet the person selling the used cell phone as they will do a complimentary check on the basic features on the phone free of charge. There are many people out there unfortunatley that sell used cell phones with underlying issues. The problem is most people sell their used phone won't offer your money back as it sold as is. If they don't want to meet at our shop or can't alternatively we'd recommend meeting people at their house and bring someone with you so that you could go back there in case its a complete lemon. These are useful tips we think you can use if you do purchase a used cell phone in Kelowna. We have a selection of used Apple iPhones and used Samsung smartphones and everything can be found at kelownausedphones.com