There are many risks to consider before buying second-hand mobile devices the main being security, though there are many pros on buying a second-hand phone, the most important thing is that you will be saving a lot of money. (for people in India)
Caution-If the people are genuine then both parties are safe. But the question arises when it’s a subject of misuse. It’s highly risky for the owner and the buyer as well. Which posses higher-security risk.
There are cases where the person who had purchased the second-hand phone from the owner has misused and the cyber team has traced the first owner and there were a lot of complications which led to unnecessary trouble and also the vice versa. So it is absolutely necessary to take steps before it is too late from your reach.
Tip- An agreement with Necessary details, SERIAL NO & IMEI NO
of the phone must be included at any cost.
You can take a photocopy of a Valid Government Id proof (which contains address in it) from both the parties mentioning the SERIAL NO & IMEI NO of the phone along with the signatures of the parties involved (to eliminate the risk)
For the Seller, take his photocopy containing the above-mentioned details (SERIAL NO & IMEI NO of the phone) saying that I am selling this phone to Customer name bearing SERIAL NO & IMEI NO of the phone along with the signature. (to avoid the risk)
For the Buyer, take his photocopy containing the above-mentioned details (SERIAL NO & IMEI NO of the phone) I am buying this phone from Customer name bearing SERIAL NO & IMEI NO of the phone along with the signature.
This legal document would protect both the parties from any issues in future.
1 .Check whether the phone unlocked?
Please know that some phones may be locked to a specific carrier, meaning you can’t activate them with another carrier. Carriers are the telecom companies like in India it is Vodafone, Airtel, Reliance JIO, Reliance, Airtel, Idea etc
Tip-check by inserting a different sim in the sim slot.
2. Check whether the used phone is stolen?
If it is a stolen Smartphone. It could work for a while. But when owner raises an alarm legally, the phone would not support any mobile carrier as the carrier will blacklist the mobile’s carrier.
Tip- Buy from a reliable and trustworthy person or from a reliable source.
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