The insider secret all smartphone buyers need to know

Can you remember what you were doing in 1973? Were you even alive? Odds are the majority of you reading this were either little more than a twinkle in your parents’ eyes or were yourself rather young. The truth is a lot happened in 1973. The Supreme Court of the United States made its decision on Roe v. Wade, making abortion a US constitutional right, Britain, Ireland and Denmark joined the EEC, US troops withdrew from their war in Vietnam, and the World Trade Centre in New York became the world’s tallest building. 1973 was also the year the first handheld mobile phone was mass-produced by Motorola. The Motorola 8000X cost around £3000 adjusting for inflation and weighed well over a KG, making it anything but smart.

Fast forward almost 50 years and mobile telephones are no longer limited to the rich and famous. It is estimated that over 5 billion people globally own a mobile device, with almost half of these being smartphone. The very first telephones were large, cumbersome and relatively useless outside of making simple calls. Today, alongside an almost global rollout of 4 and 5G, the technology within an average smartphone is exponentially greater than the amount of processing power in the rocket which took the first men to the moon.

As smartphones have become more capable and the world more connected, we have become increasingly dependent upon them. Not only are we dependent upon them in our personal lives but also our professional capacity. Tasks which were previously extremely difficult and required particular skills are now just a click of a button away. We can book taxis, flights, restaurants, and hotels while running businesses, buying and selling products, browsing the internet and much, much more. Smartphones have also become fashion accessories; we are as keen to own them for status as we are for functionality. Fans queue for days to purchase the latest Apple releases and new software is eagerly awaited.

As the amount of technology packed into devices has increased and global demand for the latest technology has surged the average price of devices, after falling significantly, has begun to creep up above inflation and outside of average wage growth. This has made purchasing new smartphones more difficult for everyday folk. To get around this global giant network providers have created the network contract. Network contracts give would-be device owners the ability to spread the cost of the device over several years with their usage baked in. This has meant more people than ever own new smartphones.

However, these increasing costs have also led other savvy smartphone owners to turn away from buying brand new devices and make the most of a booming second-hand market. This market is fuelled by eager buyers who trade in their devices to fund the value of their new device, often at just a year old. This means the second-hand market is full of superb devices at bargain prices. This gives money-conscious buyers the option to bag themselves a bargain. With this being said there are risks associated with buying devices second-hand. These risks can be avoided with a simple IMEI Check.

Don’t get caught out with a bad purchase

When you’re buying a second-hand device online you have to rely entirely on the data provided by the seller. Even in the case of companies specialising in device sales, you must trust that their process is rigorous. The main concern is that you are buying a device which is either not the model advertised, has been stolen and is locked from use, or is not unlocked and remains locked to a network, making it much less valuable and flexible.

With a simple IMEI check, you can get around this problem. By requesting the IMEI from the seller, whether private or corporate, you can check the status of this IMEI online at the click of a button. You can check the manufacturer and model, storage capacity and with an advanced search, you can check the status of this device, whether it is unlocked or locked or has been stolen meaning it cannot be used. This is a must for any smartphone buyer, ask yourself whether you want to spend hundreds of pounds with the risk of the device being impossible to use or not what you expected.