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All Your Questions About Second Hand Mobile Phones Answered
Purchasing a new smartphone comes with its load of decision-making problems and different confusing options. The first issue comes with the price of buying a new smartphone. Flagship prices, in particular, are already over the £900 point and progressing. However, balancing a good smartphone, or even a flagship, with saving money becomes possible once the idea of second hand phones is taken into consideration.
While smartphone users often steer away from second hand mobile phones because of the risks that come with it, most of them don't know that there is a way to get almost new mobile phones at the discounted price of a second hand. This way is to buy pristine second hand phones.
QwikFone's second hand mobile phones are the best opportunity to get your favorite smartphone at a super discounted price while avoiding any risks that would otherwise normally come with buying second hand phones online. If you want to know all the details about QwikFone's deals and how to find a good second hand phone in the UK, keep on reading.
How to check the state of a second hand phone
There are two main routes to follow carefully while inspecting a second hand mobile phone before purchasing it. The first one is to check the body of the phone to make sure that it doesn't have any severe cracks, scratches, or marks. While it is acceptable to have a few scratches on a second hand phone's body in exchange for the price reducing, there are certain areas where even cosmetic wear signs represent a problem. For example, a scratch on the camera module of the second hand mobile will create far more problems than just affecting the appearance of the phone.
Similarly, screen wear signs can vary from a minor scratch that can be ignored for some users to serious cracks that affect the usability of the whole smartphone as it entirely depends on having an intact usable touch screen.
So, it is important to check the phone's body, focusing on the screen and the camera modules, and to make sure that it is not only acceptable but more importantly, to your liking.
The second route that you must take while checking the health and condition of a second hand smartphone before buying it, is the functionality of the device. That includes the battery, software, and processor performance. There are a few tests that you can run to eliminate the risk and make sure that all of those aspects of the phone are working fine.
For example, you want to make sure that the screen of the second hand phone has not been replaced before or if it has been replaced, that the current screen is OEM. The way to confirm this is by simply checking the brightness and the touch sensitivity and responsiveness of the screen.
To check the battery, display, speakers, and the microphone. Simply make a video call or play a video then make a voice call. A lengthy call and a video should not drain more than 5%-10% of a healthy battery. Of course, noticing the sound and the display of the phone will be enough of a test for you to confirm or deny the good condition of the phone as second hand device.
Of course, buying a second hand phone online will not allow you to conduct any of these tests or even see the phone in your hands before paying for it. So, in case you're looking for a second hand phone in the UK and you're looking to buy it online, the best option would be to buy the second hand phone in a pristine condition and to choose a deal that guarantees the condition and your ability to return the device if you don't like it.
Buy second hand mobile phones at a specialized center
To achieve the best end of a second hand phone deal and to be safe enough, it is better to buy your second hand phone from a shop or a specialized phone center rather than buying someone's old phone as second hand or buying a second hand phone from a random one-time seller online, which is even worse.
An individual seller won't be able to provide you with any guarantees or assurances of any kind. Typically, the deal would be summed up in exchanging the second hand phone for the money and that is it.
With a second hand phone shop, on the other hand, you will be dealing with professionals that are able, first of all, to confirm and guarantee the condition of the phone, offer repair service and a warranty policy, accept returns and provide refunds, and run all the test that you need to run on the phone for you since you will be buying the second hand phone online.
QwikFone deals for second hand mobile phones
QwikFone has been in the mobile phone market for 10 years. During this time, our team has acquired the necessary knowledge and experience to create perfect deals for second hand mobile shoppers. As we receive the second hand smartphones from their previous owners, we check the background of the phone and its previous owners first to make sure that it has not been stolen at any point in time. To confirm this, QwikFone uses CheckMend services to offer a full detailed report regarding the previous phone's ownership. This report is available for QwikFone customers whenever it is requested.
Secondly, QwikFone's mobile experts run the necessary test on the second hand phone on your behalf to make sure that it is indeed in a pristine condition and looks and works almost like new. With our special skills and experience, you can rest assured that there is no aspect of the phone will go overlooked or untested.
The perfect deal terms for buying second hand phones
With QwikFone, you will feel completely safe regarding the deal, the safety of your money, the second hand phone's conditions, and your satisfaction!
Unlocked second hand phones
Many mobile phone users have to go through many different ways around using lock phones like paying expensive roaming fees when they travel abroad or having to buy a whole new smartphone just to use a certain carrier other than the one that has their phones locked. However, there is a simple way to get over this blockage which is to buy an unlocked smartphone! The few who know about this worry that unlocking a phone can be risky or even illegal which is completely false. QwikFone specialists unlock our second hand smartphones in a safe, and of course legal, manner to offer our users and customers the liberty of using whatever carrier they desire as well as grant them the ability to use a single handset in different countries only by switching the SIM cards of the different local carriers.
Accessories are all included
When you buy a second hand phone from its previous owner, it is likely that you won't get the phone's charger and earphones and if they are still available, they might be in a very poor condition.
Since QwikFone has a partner for manufacturing grade A mobile phone accessories, we can provide our customers with brand-new chargers, earphones, USB cables, and SIM ejectors with all of the second hand phones we have for sale.
All of these items are specifically made to meet the standards and quality measures of the original accessories of the phone depending on the brand of the phones and the accessories. The accessory set that comes with each second hand phone is included in the price and doesn't require any additional payment. This means that you will get a brand-new set of accessories with a quality level that meets that of the original accessories for free!
QwikFone's offers for second hand mobiles enable you to pay in monthly installments which is a rare opportunity when it comes to used and second hand phones. To benefit from this advantage, all you need to do is have a PayPal account that enables you to pay credit which means that you'll be able to pay the amount back in installments to PayPal itself. If you check PayPal offers, you'll find that you can benefit from this offer with 0% interest which means that the phone will truly cost you the least price possible!
QwikFone deals for second hand phones all include a 14-day return period. If you want to return your phone during this time, you will receive a 100% refund of your payment with no conditions required other than the phone and accessories to be in the original condition with no damages. This return policy doesn't require any specific reason for the return to be valid and the refund to be issued.
No matter what is the brand or the price of the second hand phone that you choose to buy from QwikFone, you will get a free shipping option. This shipping method is 100% safe and guaranteed by QwikFone's policies.
Warranty for a year
The condition and the performance quality of the second hand smartphones at QwikFone are protected with a 1-year warranty policy that grants our customers the right to get their phones repaired for free during this period from any manufacturing issue.
Additionally, if QwikFone repair specialists find that the problem with the phone cannot be fixed or that it will reoccur, we offer to replace the device with another pristine smartphone of the same brand and the same model for free as well.
Our customers' favorite second hand iPhones
Buying second hand phones for their cheap prices is a decision that can be made rather quickly when the second hand or used phone deal includes assurances such as QwikFone's deals. However, many customers are quite hesitant when it comes to choosing the brand and, of course, the model of the phone that they can get second hand and be happy with its performance. The reason for this is that while all of QwikFone used phones are pristine, there is a value that the phone offers in terms of its specs and features. To determine this value, the specs and features of the phone are usually measured against the cost of the phone; this method is used for both brand-new phone and second hand phones.
Since Apple iPhone are the favorite brand for many customers when it comes to buying a second hand phone, the QwikFone team has concluded that these models are the most liked second hand iPhones by customers in the market right now for the great value these iPhones offer.
This iteration of the iPhone is loved by many customers as it combines the new material of the glass back, that allows wireless charging, with the traditional design that has a home button with a built-in fingerprint reader that all OG Apple iPhone users are used to and love using over Face ID.
The used iPhone 8 Plus has the same great value and amazing performance of the iPhone 8 with the addition of a second camera lens for telephoto and wide shots, larger screen with higher resolution, more battery capacity, and higher RAM space.
The used iPhone 7 is one of the highly liked second hand phones at QwikFone thanks to the performance of the Apple A10 Fusion. It also has the beloved design with the rose gold color variant as well as a new red color that is rare to see with Apple iPhones.
Having the first iPhone to have Face ID is a goal of many of our customers who prefer to have the latest technologies in their hands. The used iPhone X is also popular thanks to its Super Retina 5.8-inch screen. When the iPhone X first came out, the users were so excited to have an iPhone that is all-screen, and they are still excited about it to this day.
The most asked questions about the second hand phones
Q. Where can I buy a second hand mobile phone online?
While there are many websites that offer second hand mobiles, it is important to go for a seller that is specialized in mobile phones and will offer good guarantees for the quality and condition of his or her devices. The idea here is that you can find low-priced second hand mobile phones almost anywhere, but to find a phone that is worthy of its cost is the most important matter.
With QwikFone, you will be getting your second hand phone from one of the best and oldest repair experts in the UK. In itself, this is a guarantee of the quality that is inherited from experience.
Q. Should I buy a refurbished phone or a second hand phone?
This decision must be made depending on your preference, budget, and the available options for you. There is an option, however, that combines the two options in one offer! You can order a second hand phone that is refurbished by QwikFone experts. This will enable you to benefit from the second hand price point and the pristine condition of the refurbished phone as well as the set of accessories that comes with all of our smartphone devices for free.
To explain this further, we should point out that QwikFone's team obtain second hand devices that were kept in a like-new condition by the owner. After we run our tests to ensure authenticity and condition, we replace the parts that may not meet the pristine condition with OEM parts. This is how we restore the phone to the glory of its new state while keeping the price as low as possible without losing the quality.
Q. Is it safe to buy a second hand iPhone?
If you choose a deal that includes a good warranty policy that allows a significant amount of time to pass while the phone's quality is being protected and ensured by the seller, then yes, it is completely safe to buy a second hand iPhone.
Other than the warranty, you must also make sure that the iPhone you are buying is in a pristine condition. Even if you don't care about people knowing that your iPhone was second hand, you'd still want the device to live as long as possible and not face a hard time while trying to use it due to its poor condition. The pristine condition guarantees that the performance and appearance of the iPhone would be as good as new. This means a non-scratched screen, a like-new battery, and over all speedy performance.
The second hand iPhone devices from QwikFone are tested by our repair professionals to ensure their pristine condition. The iPhones from QwikFone also has a 1-year warranty to guarantee the condition and performance of the device. If you wish, you can return the second hand iPhone to QwikFone within 14 days and receive a full refund of the price you paid.
Q. Is it worth buying second hand phones?
Absolutely! In this economy, and with the sky-rocketing prices of smartphones, it makes an absolute sense to buy second hand phones. As one of the main sellers of second hand phones in the UK, QwikFone makes sure that the experience of buying a second hand mobile phone does not differ much from buying a brand-new one so that the users are able to save the money without missing out on the experience.
First, we ensure that the devices are in a pristine condition. Secondly, we offer a free set of new accessories just like the ones that would come with the brand-new phone if you were to buy one. Last but not least, we provide a 14-day return policy with full refunds & a 12-month warranty policy with the possibility of replacing the device if it is defective.
Q. What do handset grades mean on second-hand phones?
There are 3 grades of second hand phones:
These phones are in a as-good-as new. The outer case of the phone has almost no marks, scratches, or any signs of cosmetic wear. The battery of a grade-A second hand phone should retain at least 80% of its power. And the screen should be scratch-free.
This grade has the phones that may show signs of being used before such as a few visible scratches. The screen may be scratched, but the phone should work fine and the battery must retain a considerable amount of power.
Second hand phones of grade C are in the most used and worn condition. These phones are mostly not good to buy for the purpose of personal use. The phone will have severe signs of wears and tears all over its body, the battery will probably last for several minutes, and there is a possibility of the screen being cracked.
What is the best second hand phone to buy?
The best second hand phone is the phone that can be returned!
It may seem odd, but it is simple, actually, second hand phones in the users' perspective always carry the risk of being faulty. This is why any second hand phone that is worth buying must come with a good return policy that allows refunds.
QwikFone's second hand phones have a 14-day return policy, a full refund guarantee, and a year of warranty so that any issue with the device can be repaired for free during the warranty period. Moreover, our devices are all pristine and have the guarantee to look and function as good as new.
How can you tell if a phone is second hand?
The seller must disclose that the phone is second hand before selling it. Also, it is highly recommended not to buy your phone from any seller that you don't trust saying the phone is new or used. However, you can check the phone's battery consumption, the outer case of the phone if it has any small marks or cosmetic wear signs.
As a final step, try to dial ##786# to reach the RTN information screen and scroll down to view the part that reveals whether your phone is used or new.
What do I need to do when buying a used phone?
You must make sure that the phone comes with the proper guarantees such as the warranty and return policy.
QwikFone offers a one-year warranty for all of our second hand mobile phone devices besides the 14-day return period that comes with a refund guarantee whenever the phone is returned during this time.
What should I check before buying a second hand phone?
First, you need to examine the body of the mobile to make sure that it has no visible or severe scratches. Of course, the screen must be as good as new and has no dead pixels. So, play a video, that is ought to test the display and the speakers at the same time.
The next step is to make a somewhat lengthy phone call. The reason for this is to test the battery consumption. If the battery drains fast, then it is not pristine. A pristine battery should work as good as the new one would.
You should also test the cameras to make sure that the lens is not damaged and record a video as well to test the mic.
Can you put any SIM card into a second hand phone?
The phone has to be unlocked for it to accept any SIM card. Since all of QwikFone's second hand mobile phones are unlocked, you will be able to put any SIM card into your phone and it will work fine with no restrictions or technical difficulties.
Do second hand phones last long?
Second hand phones' lifetime depends on the condition they were bought in. Since QwikFone's second hand devices are pristine, users can expect them to last for several years or as long as the new phone of the same brand and model would last.
For the first year, your QwikFone phone will be covered with a standard warranty which means that you can get it fixed for free if it turns out to have any manufacturing defects.
Is second hand phone bad?
Not necessarily. In fact, you can get a second hand phone as good as a new one if you find the right seller and deal. While such a phone may seem hard to find online, QwikFone offers all the possible guarantees to ensure the quality and condition of its second hand phones.
With any pristine phone from QwikFone the customers get:
- All of the phone's accessories for free
- 1- year warranty
- Refund guarantee
- Free shipping with no minimum order
- PayPal credit payments
Are refurbished and second hand phones the same?
While second hand phones may come in different states in terms of the device's condition and life expectancy, refurbished phones go through a renewal process where any defects in the device are fixed and any parts that are worn or have cosmetic wear signs are replaced with new spare parts.
This means that with refurbished phones, you can expect a better condition and better performance from the phone.
What are the most reliable second hand smartphones?
Pristine second hand phones that come with a warranty are the most reliable smartphones in the second hand market as the user can expect what the phone will look like and how it will perform without seeing it which enables him or her to order the phone online without risk. The warranty will guarantee that the phone would work as expected for the specified period. This is why the longer the warranty period is, the more reliable you can expect your smartphone to be.
What is the best second hand Android phone?
Samsung stayed on top of the Android game for the longest time. However, now, there are multiple brands that are offering flagship features at less price points such as OnePlus.
If you are looking to have the best Android software updates and features before anyone else, then Google Pixel would be the best second hand Android phone to buy.