Used Cell Phones
A new cell phone is a major investment these days, so used cell phones are a logical alternative. Previously owned phones that are only one or two generations removed from current models can give you similar function and features at a reduced price. If you're looking for an upgrade or a special feature and need to be financially conservative, a used mobile phone could be the solution.
Locked vs. Unlocked Smartphones
Locked cell phones work with only one particular carrier, while unlocked phones aren't specific to any service provider. You can use unlocked phones with the carrier of your choice, provided the phone is compatible with that carrier's technology standards.
Choose an unlocked phone for:
- Better rates when traveling, since you can purchase international SIM cards
- More options when choosing a phone
- Better resale value
Select a locked phone for:
- Better rates on bundles that include a phone plus service
- The ability to pay in installments
- Discounts, trade-ins, and other offers from carriers
Choosing Used Smartphones
You'll need to research before setting out to buy a used cell phone, especially if you're new to smartphones. Determine where you'll be using yours, to be sure your carrier of choice services that area. Select an operating system, such as Android, Apple, or Windows. These are a personal preference, so base your choice on features and your comfort level with the OS.
Other considerations include screen size, storage capacity, size of the phone, and accessories. If your phone lives in your back pocket, for instance, you won't want the largest one available. If you plan to store images, videos, and other big files on it, you'll want more than the minimum amount of storage space, so get as much as your budget allows. Consider a phone that has an expansion slot, so you can add more memory later if necessary.
Choosing Accessories for Used Cell Phones
Each cell phone iteration requires accessories made for that particular device, so you'll need to know about used cell phone accessories for the model you're considering. If you'll be charging the phone on the go, plan on a portable charger. A screen protector may save your screen from shattering, while a used cell phone case could be a lifesaver if you drop your device. Factor the cost of these items into your budget for a used phone.
When you're ready to pick out your phone, visit B&H Photo and Video, where you'll find all the cell phones, accessories, and other used mobile devices you need.