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Selling a used cell phone

 
 
chai2
 
Reply Fri 23 Nov, 2012 07:46 am
I have in my possession a cell phone (not mine, service with the carrier deactivated) that I'm looking to sell on ebay.

Being technologically retarded, I want to make sure I'm doing this right.

I have the phone, charger & battery. The phone/battery is in good shape.

Do I need to simply remove the SIM card to sell it?

I'm thinking the phone is locked to a particular carrier, i.e. AT&T, Verizon etc. so I'll state it is in the auction.

Simply put, what do I need to do, in simple terms, to make sure the phone is clear of all usage of the previous user, and so forth?

Thanks
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thack45
 
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Reply Fri 23 Nov, 2012 08:12 am
Perform a factory data reset, and remove SIM (I guess. Carrier should know for sure). Also bear in mind that any new phone is about 6 months away from 'obsolescence'
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 23 Nov, 2012 08:21 am
@thack45,
Hi thack
Thanks alot

I just found the following directions online from ehow, but it raised another question (see point 4)
Since Verizon doesn't use a SIM card, would it be correct to say if I did a factory reset, deleted all contacts, messages, photos, etc the phone would be good to go to be sold?

How would the new owner set up service if Verizon didn't use a SIM, and they were locked into using Verizon? I'm a dumb bunny when it comes to that sort of thing, but I'd like to know.

BTW, I've looked at what the phone is selling for on ebay, and I figure if someone is willing to buy it, it's their issue if they feel they want another phone in 6 months.


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Ensure that the phone is in working order with no missing pieces before you offer it for sale. Be honest when you sell used cell phones, as with anything else.

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Delete all contacts, photos, and other personal information from your phone and/or save it all to the phones SIM card, if it has one, or back up any data to a PC or other source that you want to keep or transfer to a new phone.


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Look in your instruction manual or online to find out how to do a factory reset on your phone; this ensures you didn't leave any private information on the phone and gives the new user the ability to set it up from factory defaults just like you did.

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Remove your memory card or SIM card if applicable to your cell phone model. AT&T and T-Mobile use SIM cards, whereas Verizon does not. Keep your SIM card; the phone's buyer must use his old SIM card or get a new one from a dealer. The SIM cards always stay with the original owner for cell number, privacy and billing purposes.

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