If you’re buying a used or refurbished Bell cell phone here are the top 7 questions to ask before you commit.
1. Is it a Bell phone?
Just because it looks like a used Bell Mobility cell phone doesn’t mean it is. There are many similar looking phones that might not be Bell phones. To tell if yours is a Bell phone look for the Bell logo or name on the phone. Bell cell phones will also have the Bell logo displayed on the phone’s screen when you turn them on.
In order to activate a cellular phone you must make sure you are buying a phone for the network you are going to use. For example, a TELUS phone will not work on the Bell network. This is why, if you are going to use Bell, you must make sure you are buying a true Bell phone.
2. Does the phone offer the features that I require?
Each of us needs something different from our cellular phone depending on our needs. To ensure you are getting the features you need refer to the cellular phone’s specs. They are easily available online for almost every cellular phone on the market.
3. What is the physical condition?
You will want your used Bell cellular phone to be in good working condition. Check for buttons that are worn or sticking. Make sure the battery is holding a charge properly and look the case over carefully for damage that could affect the operation of the phone. Also, if it has an external antenna, you need to make sure that it is properly attached to the cellular phone.
4. Will I get a warranty or guarantee?
That depends where you purchase it. If you purchase your used Bell cell phone from a place like www.cellarama.com you will receive a warranty and return policy. If you purchase your Bell phone privately you will almost never receive a warranty.
Buying a used phone privately is risky. Before any money exchanges hands you should talk to Bell and make sure they will activate it. Another way to protect yourself is by purchasing your used or refurbished Bell cellular phone from a trusted source like Cellarama. Good companies will eliminate any risks associated with your purchase so you can relax.
5. Can it be activated?
There are some restrictions relating to activating a used Bell cellular phone. Actually it applies to almost every carrier (Rogers and Fido excluded). If the cell phone has been reported as lost or stolen you will not be able to activate it. You will also not be able to activate it if there is an outstanding balance on the account.
6. Is the price fair?
You will want to compare online prices for a similar phone to determine if the asking price of the used Bell phone is fair. You should also keep in mind, if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
7. Can I trust the seller?
Who you purchase your Bell phone from is vitally important. In fact I believe that it is the most important factor. If you purchase a cell phone in a private sale you really know nothing about the person you are buying the phone from (unless you are buying it from a friend or family member). Purchasing your next used or refurbished Bell cell phone from a respected company can eliminate most of the issues that can arise from dealing with individuals. Of course warranties, return policies, and guarantees all reduce your risk and increases your trust in the seller.
Buying a used or refurbished Bell cellular phone is an great way to save a few dollars and is an excellent alternative to the cost and long-term contracts associated with a new phone. By asking these important 7 questions before buying your next used Bell phone, you will definitely increase your odds of finding the perfect reliable unit and protecting yourself.