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Re: Buying an iphone
There is always a risk associated with purchasing a "used" item, however, if you'll be able to handle and test it out then you shouldn't be all that concerned, in my opinion. With that in mind, I'd meet up at a wireless provider store, preferably the one the device is locked to. For example, if it's an AT&T brand iPhone, meet at an AT&T store to have them check to see if it has been reported stolen, is blacklisted, has a good IMEI, etcetera.
Originally Posted by popengchan
Each device has an IMEI/serial number. You can read about them via the following link:
2) the fact the she has the IMEI or whatever serial of the phone, does that mean a thing?
Electronic serial number - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Make sure that she has done the following, preferably in your presence:
I mean can she fool around with the phone even after I buy it and input my apple ID and all just cause she has the serials?
1. Turn OFF Find My iPhone in the iCloud settings.
2. Sign out of iMessage & FaceTime
3. Sign out of iTunes & App Store
4. Sign out of iCloud
5. Go to Settings - General - Reset and then select "Erase All Contents and Settings"
Yes, it's "relatively" safe. As for what to look for, well, that depends on you. Obviously, you want to make sure the device works. Some people are more OCD than other in regard to scratches, dings, dents, etcetera, so again, that depends on you. Anyway, if you do the above, you should be fine.
3) if it's relatively safe, what are the things I should look out for or test or do when I play around with the phone?
Thanks for all your help. Really wanting this phone but does not want to spend that much given that it is a year old model. Thanks guys!