Wednesday, 24 February 2016

How to avoid buying stolen Apple iPhone 6S Plus? (Auckland, iPhone, Repair, Unlock, drphone.co.nz) 094192529



25-02-2016:  


It is great to find a bargin and buy a cheap iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S Plus (from online auction site or social network site). It’s economical, it’s good for the environment, and if you don’t need or want the latest Big New Thing (and they’re all big these days), used or refurbished is the way to go.

But there can be a lot of uncertainty when purchasing a used device—particularly around whether it’s being sold legitimately. Last year alone thieves stole a record 3.1 million smartphones, and you can bet they wouldn’t keep stealing them if they weren’t pretty easy to sell later. With that in mind, here’s how to make sure the used handset you buy is on the up and up.

Select a seller carefully
First, you want to buy from a reputable venue or seller. Carriers offer used and refurbished phones on their websites. For better deals though, Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist are typical go-to online venues. But while they may have some great prices, they can be lacking in the reputation department. Amazon and eBay at least have a safeguard of profiles and seller reviews that make them more trustworthy than Craigslist. Swappa and Glyde, other online destinations for buying used phones, also have policies and safeguards in place for buyers.

Check the numbers
Listings, no matter the site, should feature some basic stats about the device being sold. Color, correct model number, and storage capacity are must-haves in the device description, as is a description of the overall quality (things like “good as new” or “a few scratches on the back”). It’s best if the listing shows a photo of the actual smartphone, rather than an official product shot of that phone model. If you can contact the owner directly, ask for additional photos of the phone to make sure it matches the product description. You’ll also want to ask for the IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) or serial number of the device. If the seller is unwilling to share this info, that’s a big red flag.

For potential iDevice owners, Apple has a new service on iCloud.com called Check Activation Lock Status that lets you quickly see if a device was procured illegally. By entering the IMEI or serial number of the device you plan to purchase, you can tell if someone used Find My iPhone to switch on Activation Lock. Activation Lock, introduced in iOS 7, locks down the device, making it unusable until the correct Apple ID and password have been entered. Thus, if you make the mistake of purchasing an iOS device that was stolen, you won’t be able to use it. You can also check how much warranty is left on the device using the serial number, too.

Carriers and Swappa (this is an American website, I think!) should also let you check the IMEI of a device before purchase (especially if you’re willing to make a phone call). Glyde, which doesn’t currently give you the option to check ESN beforehand, holds the seller’s payment in escrow until the buyer has checked the device and confirmed that it’s clean and has a full refund policy. You can enter the serial number in here or here to check if a phone, regardless of make or model, has been reported stolen.

Story short, if it is too good to be true, it is too good to be true.  My wise grandmother often reminded us--cheap.

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G-11, Canterbury Arcade
170, Queen Street, Auckland CBD 1010
Tel: (09) 419-2529 and Sales: (021) 365-325
Tech: (021) 0244-4496, drphonenz[a]gmail.com

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