Cell phones are a great way to keep up with what’s going on in the world of technology. They’re fairly easy to buy, and they don’t cost as much as a computer. Plus, there are plenty of great phones out there to choose from.

This presents a good opportunity for smart buyers. Why? With cell phones constantly being replaced, you’re bound to find a used cell phone that’s still in good condition. All you need is a pair of good eyes and some determination.

If you’re looking for a used cell phone, consider these first:

Brand and Model

What phone are you actually after anyway? Is it a touchscreen smartphone? Is it a smartphone with a keyboard?

Before you go out into the open and say, “I’m going to buy a used cell phone!” you have to know what you want first. This will significantly cut down on your shopping time. Let’s face it – with too many models out there, it can be very overwhelming.

Find out what brands connect with you. If you like Android smartphones then find out which ones you like.

 While we’re on that subject, you should also keep in mind…


How much are you willing to pay for a used cell phone anyway? If you’re not willing to spend too much, then you won’t get a used cell phone in good condition.

Of course, the bigger the budget you have, the better the phone you can buy.

All in all, just have a certain budget set. This will also help you narrow down your choices when shopping for a used cell phone.


Now that you have a set budget and a type of phone to purchase, it’s time to get to the part where it matters the most – the actual phone!

When shopping for the cell phone you like, it’s important to check the condition.

The first thing to check is the screen. Is it dirty? Is it full of scratches? Next, check the other parts of the body. Look for other red flags, such as deep scratches and things like that.

Next up, you should assess the actual features of the phone. One of the first things you should check is the call quality. Call a friend and see if you can hear their voice clearly. Likewise, ask them if they can hear your voice clearly too.

You should also try plugging in earphones and get a feel of the phone’s sound quality. Do this for the phone’s external speaker too.

Next, try messing around with the phone’s camera features. Take a few pictures and get a feel for the camera. Are the pictures blurry? Is there something wrong with the picture? If you see a problem, the lens may have some dirt.

You can also try recording a couple of videos to see how smooth they are. You don’t want a camera that records stuttering videos!


Last but not least: You should also consider the seller of the phone. Is the seller someone you know? If yes, then that’s good. At least there’s some credibility in their word. You know that they took good care of the phone and the accessories that come with it.

Lastly, try asking for a warranty from the seller. This will assure you that you are not being scammed. Typically, sellers give you a one week warranty so you can fully test the phone.


Buying a used cell phone can take a lot of effort, but the savings are definitely worth it. Just don’t rush into it, and always consider your options.