If you want to upgrade your iPhone to a 6 or 6 Plus, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on a brand new phone, there is always the option to buy a used device. Just because it is used, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t any good. In fact, a lot of people have perfectly good phones that have hardly been used at all, but they are placing “sell my iPhone” ads so they can afford to upgrade as well. The trick is to know how to buy a used iPhone, and know how to be wise to scammers.

1. Verify Authenticity – You should study up on how to tell if an iPhone is real or fake. There are a lot of scammers out there who have no problem selling you a counterfeit iPhone 6. You end up with a cheap piece of plastic, and they end up with your money. There are websites that will offer plenty of great tips on how to spot a fake iPhone.

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2. Verify ESN, IMEI, or MEID Number – Every cell phone has its own serial number that is used to identify it. It is necessary if you need to lock the device if it is lost or stolen. GSM carriers use the IMEI number, and CEMA carriers use MEID. Checking this number will let you know if the device is locked because it has been stolen, or if it is a fake.

3. Check for Water Damage – It is important to check to make sure that there is no water damage to the iPhone. The AppleCare Protection Plan doesn’t cover this type of damage. You can find out if there is water damage by using the Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI) that comes with all iPhone models. The LCI will turn red if it has been damaged by liquid.

4. Look at the Body – Also, check the body. If it is scratched, has no shine, etc., don’t buy it. If you are going to spend money on an iPhone, even a used one, it should be in decent condition. Sure, you can expect a few scratches, but if it is badly scratched, chances are it has been used pretty hard and isn’t going to hold up well.

5. Test the Speakers – Make sure that you not only listen to some music in the iPhone, but that you also test the speakers with phone calls. Call someone, and then turn on the speakers. If you don’t get a quality sound, it is likely that there is an issue with the speakers.

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6. Check the Camera – You should take some still photographs and some videos to make sure that the camera is working properly. Look at the results to ensure that you have quality images. Take a number of 30 second videos in five minutes to check to see if it is working the way it should. Both videos and images should be clear.

7. Check the Battery Life – Now it is time to test the battery life. Set the screen brightness to high, turn on WiFi and Bluetooth, take photos and videos, and make a call that is at least three minutes long. If the device gets hot or the battery drains quickly, it is a good indication that there is damage to the battery.

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8. Check the Accessories – If the iPhone advertised for sale is supposed to come with certain accessories, check the box before paying for the phone. You want to be sure that everything is there, including a USB cable, a lightning connector, Apple ear pods, AC adaptor, SIM eject tool, user manual, and logo stickers. All of the accessories should be in good condition.

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