Buying a used iPhone 4S: What 'faults' can be fixed?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by peanutismint, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. peanutismint macrumors 6502


    Apr 4, 2007
    Cardiff, UK
    I'm looking to upgrade from an iPhone 4 to a 4S and want to buy a used one on eBay. I'm seeing a lot of them sold as 'faulty' going for a lot cheaper. Obviously if it's something that I can easily fix by restoring or similar then I'd go for a bargain, but I doubt many of the 'faults' are that simple to fix otherwise their owners would have solved the problems before selling......right??

    So what are some easily identifiable issues that are relatively simple to solve?

    For the record I'm seeing issues like:

    • SIM card not recognised
    • 'No Carrier' displayed
    • Phone stuck on Apple logo
    • Phone stuck on activation screen

    Are any of these easily fixable?
  2. Rocko1, Sep 24, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013

    Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    Stay away! The only one I would buy is one with a cracked rear glass panel. That is a simple fix. Any other issue and you are asking for headache. If it was that easy to fix, these people would have fixed them, more than likely they cannot be fixed and are hoping you don't realize this until after the sale.
  3. blhoward2 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2012
    This. You buy at parts-only prices for parts. In the 1-in-500 chance it only needs a DFU restore or something that's just a bonus. I did once get one that only needed a hard reset. LOL.

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