iPhone XS Max Buying used(mint or refurbrished) iPhones in USA?

SuperOperator

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Oct 8, 2019
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Greetings,

Where do you guys buy mint or refurbished iPhones? I'm considering Xs Max 256GB refurbished for 750-800$ or 11 Pro for ~900$...
Where to get a refurbished Xs Max? I've seen those Amazon Renewed deals but I don't like it, reviews are not that good as well as merchandise received. Swappa is pretty good but their limited buyer-seller interaction system is pretty bad.
 

steelhauler34

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I recently found swappa and love it. It’s an online techie sale sight for electronics. Only thing that sucks is apple doesn’t have an app for it.
 

TimothyL

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Best Buy sells refurbished devices. I bought my new iPad there last month In the refurbished section.
 

C DM

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I recently found swappa and love it. It’s an online techie sale sight for electronics. Only thing that sucks is apple doesn’t have an app for it.
Well, it's not that Apple doesn't have an app for it, it's that Swappa doesn't have an iOS app.
 

SuperOperator

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Oct 8, 2019
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Greetings all!

What is the best and safest way for European folks to buy used/mint or new iPhones in the USA?
Talking about iPhone 11 Pro and Max models. Far better prices in the USA vs Europe...
Thinking about Swappa website and similar ones with mint or new condition models.
What should they look for? It would be a real bummer if someone from Europe buys an iPhone, gets home in Europe and can't use it!
 

BugeyeSTI

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What did people tell you in the other thread you started?
 

SuperOperator

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Oct 8, 2019
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Since you're such a diligent guy, you must've seen that I never asked about the specifics when buying something used from Swappa for example. What should one look for, contract pay off's? replacement phones from Apple or some third party companies? How can one know that the phone is fully paid off? And what if it isn't? I think that Verizon unlocks their phones after one or two months for example, for other carriers, I don't have any info. I'm just asking for some user experiences and guidelines, that's all.
 

riteshritesh

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1) Activate International Roaming on your European Number.
2) While checking the phone in USA, insert that simcard and see if it works in the same way as your old phone does, with regards to Data and calling.

If yes, then it will work back home too.
 
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ET iPhone Home

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Greetings all!

What is the best and safest way for European folks to buy used/mint or new iPhones in the USA?
Talking about iPhone 11 Pro and Max models. Far better prices in the USA vs Europe...
Thinking about Swappa website and similar ones with mint or new condition models.
What should they look for? It would be a real bummer if someone from Europe buys an iPhone, gets home in Europe and can't use it!
You're more than welcome to walk into one of our local Apple Stores and purchase new.
 

ilikewhey

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Surprisingly the last 3 iPhones I bought for me and close friends have been from the marketplace here. The one thing when buying the newest iPhone used is whether the seller paid off the device, and if it’s carrier locked. Ofcourse it takes more patience on here since it’s a smaller market, but the deals I got are pretty fantastic.