secondhand iPhone

Pros and cons of buying a secondhand iPhone. Learn what you need to do

The reasons why iPhone is the most popular smartphone of today’s technology are quite obvious. Since Apple first released it back in 2007, this smartphone has been leading the mobile’s market providing some of the highest quality services related to safety matters, music player tools and apps, internet access, gaming etc.

However, these devices come with a price that is often not affordable for everyone, leading people to decide and purchase a secondhand iPhone. This method can significantly cut the costs but, it comes with some disadvantages that you need to be aware of. Below you can find some of the biggest pros and cons of buying a secondhand iPhone. We advise you to go through all of them before making a final decision. Knowing your options, risks and benefits, can help you not get disappointed in the end…

The main advantages of a secondhand iPhone

The biggest advantage of purchasing a secondhand iPhone is the price. Everyone wants to spend half of the original price and own a certain iPhone model. Finding a cheaper option of an iPhone that in many cases has been only used for a couple of months, seems like a pretty good deal.


purchasing a secondhand iPhone means you don’t have to go through long-term contracts that seem to create the perfect conditions for you to afford the new version of it by paying a specific amount of money per month. This method is invented by retailers to win more! They take advantage from people that want the latest version of an iPhone or just a new one but cannot afford it. This is the trick that makes you as a customer purchase the desired iPhone by signing a contract that makes you pay a certain fee every month until in the end, you end up paying more than the iPhone’s original price. Purchasing a secondhand iPhone means you don’t have to go through this process.

Last but not least

buying a secondhand iPhone means you get to try its functionalities and parameters before paying the money. You see, when buying a new iPhone you don’t actually have the possibility to check and go through its functionalities before making the payment. This may lead to the case when you pay the big price and then end up finding out that iPhone has certain issues that need to be taken care of. On the other hand, a secondhand iPhone has already proved its worth. You also get the chance to touch and try every single parameter of that iPhone.

Disadvantages and possible solutions


The first, biggest disadvantage when purchasing a secondhand iPhone is the warranty issue. The warranty you get when purchasing a new iPhone includes different phone services you get for free. Also, you can replace your device in case of an internal problem within the first 2 months of using it. Unfortunately, not all of the secondhand iPhones come with a warranty. Even if they do, usually the lasting time is too short.

That is why, you need to always check for possible warranty issues and see if that iPhone continues to be under Apple’s warranty or not…

Locked iPhone

Another problem that comes to your way when trying to purchase a secondhand iPhone is to find out whether that iPhone is unlocked or not. To do so, you need to have the IMEI number of the iPhone you want to buy or have bought and make a secure check before deciding to buy it. Some of them may appear unlocked but after a careful examination, it may result being locked.

Checking if an iPhone is locked, or reported stolen/lost and whether it has still an active contract or any unpaid bills or not, is a must-do before making the payment!

We also advise you to check whether your iPhone is locked with iCloud or has enabled the “Find My iPhone” function.

Battery and Memory

Other disadvantages include battery and memory problems. If you have the chance to take and test out the secondhand iPhone before paying the money, then, you can find out whether it has any battery-related issues or not. You can do that by following a few simple steps that include testing out the Usage and Standby time.

Also, buying a secondhand iPhone means you don’t get to have as much memory space as a newer iPhone version. Think about your needs. Ask yourself whether you’re ready to settle for less memory space or not. Then make the final decision based on practical reasons.

Straight from Apple’s GSX Database:

The following information are available to our customers by ordering a Full IMEI Check Report:

IMEI iPhone Check

General Information:

IMEI Number: 013428009xxxxx8
Serial Number: C38KXXXXXX19
iPhone: iPhone 5 16GB Black
Phone Age: 2 Years, 1 Month, 26 Days
Model Number: A1428
Production Week: 17
Factory: C3/CHINA (Possible Refurnished)

Network Check:

Lock Carrier: T-Mobile US
Activation Policy: US T-Mobile Locked Activation Policy
Network: GSM
Activation Status: Yes – Activated

Blacklist Check:

Blacklist Status: BLACKLISTED
Blacklist Reason: Reported LOST/STOLEN
Blacklisted By: T-Mobile US
Blacklist Country: UNITED STATES, CANADA
“Find My iPhone” Status: OFF
The Blacklist Status of that iPhone can be by-pass with the WorldWide iPhone Unlocking Method. It supports all iPhone models, all Mobile Networks and both CLEAN/Blacklisted IMEI Numbers.

Warranty Check:

Warranty Status: Expired
Phone Support: Expired
AppleCare Protection: No
Service Coverage: Expired
Purchase Date: 06/21/2013
Purchased Country: UNITED STATES
Replacement Check: No Replacements
Active IMEI/Serial: 013428009xxxxx8 – C38KXXXXXX19