Safest way to get a used phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jwade32, May 7, 2011.

  1. jwade32 macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2008
    I'm in the market for a new phone but do not want to get one through my carrier and get locked to it for two years. I've searched through ebay and craigslist but I'm afraid of getting a phone that has a bad ESN even though it claims to be "clean". Any suggestions on where to get a used phone? Is craigslist and ebay safe if I dig enough? I've also tried but that's the only site I know of.

    Any help would be great!
  2. Goldinboy17 macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    eBay's actually relatively safe, for buyers. If the phone the seller provides you with has a bad ESN it's pretty easy to file a claim against them. With a Craigslist transaction your best option would be to call the network carrier with the ESN and phone before you hand over any cash.
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    You can meet up with the person at a Verizon store and see if they'll confirm the ESN.
  4. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Yup. Do the deal at the phone store of your provider. You'll know right then and there if it's legit.
  5. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    If the deal is being done from Craig's list then use a very public place for the transaction. My favorite locally is a McDonalds near a police station.

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