5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Used iPhone

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Used iPhone


Buying a used iPhone can be an excellent way to save money. However, many people worry that buying used carries more risk than buying a new device. Here are some tips to help you shop smarter when looking for your next phone.

1. Is the Seller Legitimate?

One of the biggest risks of buying a used iPhone is ending up with a stolen phone that doesn’t work because the original user has asked the network to block its access to cellular networks. Swappa negates this risk by checking the ESN of every phone listed for sale to ensure it has not been blacklisted as a stolen device. When you use Swappa, there is no need to ask sellers to provide the ESN of the phone as we have already checked that it is clean, although this would be a concern if you bought from an off-platform seller.

2. Does the Used iPhone Come With a SIM Card?

If you already have a mobile phone, you can take the SIM card out of that phone and put it into a used iPhone. This will allow you to transfer your original phone number, contacts, and other data from your old phone. If you want to start over with a new number, you will need a new SIM card. Some Swappa sellers provide new SIM cards with their phones, but you should check whether this is the case before you buy.

3. What Is the Condition of the Used iPhone?

Before you buy a used iPhone online, you must check the condition of the phone. Swappa sellers must provide a description of any damage to the phone along with photos of the device. Swappa doesn’t allow phones to be listed if their screens are cracked or chipped, if they have water damage, or if the ports or buttons are broken. However, some phones may have some wear and tear around the casing or small scratches on the screen. Check the condition of the phone carefully before you buy to avoid disappointment. If it is important for your phone to be absolutely pristine, choose a phone listed as being in New (Resale) or Mint condition.

4. Is the Used Phone Rooted?

Rooted or jailbroken phones have been altered to give the user access to the root of the file system. This provides a lot more control over the way the device operates, but it can also make the phone behave in ways for which it wasn’t designed. In general, it is not a good idea to buy a rooted phone unless you have a strong technical understanding of what that means.

5. What Are the Shipping Costs?

When buying a used iPhone online, it is important to consider shipping costs. In general, Swappa requires sellers to include standard domestic shipping costs in the listed price. However, if you need international shipping or express shipping, there’s an option to add an extra fee. Be sure to check the full cost of shipping before you make a purchase.

If you follow these five tips, you’ll be able to get a good deal on great device. As with any purchase, it pays to take the time to read the product description and shipping information carefully to ensure you receive what you expected.

Updated on April 13, 2018 • On Apple