Buying a used iPhone June 03 2016, 0 Comments

iPhones can be quite expensive to buy from an Apple store, but they are available for sale in online stores like Ebay and Amazon at a cheaper price. The downside with purchasing a used device, however, is that the purchase can be unsuccessful if the device is locked. As you may have seen recently, even the FBI themselves had a hard time unlocking a locked iPhone, and it’s impossible to do it yourself. Avoid all these problems by sticking to these few guidelines:

Carrier locks

iPhones bought from an Apple store is usually unlocked and can work with any SIM card, however, if it was bought from a network carrier, it will only work with that network. Most sellers will specify whether the device is unlocked, and most will be honest, which is why it’s advisable to buy from reputable sellers.

It’s much easier to confirm this if you’re buying from a person in your region because you can test to verify yourself. Insert a different network SIM card from the one the seller was using and see if it picks up the new network. Confirm by attempting to make a call or browsing the web, just to make sure.

iCloud locks

this is a much more secure lock, and you don’t want to get it wrong. If you’re buying the device online, request for the device’s IMEI number, then go to https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/ and key it in. Apple will inform you whether the iPhone is locked or not.

If you’re doing a face-to-face business, resetting the device is the easiest way to do it. Go to ‘Settings’ then ‘General’ then select ‘Reset’. Once the iPhone is reset, you can then add your own iCloud account.