5 Mistakes People Make When Buying A Used Phone In Nigeria.
Most Nigerians will agree that Nigeria is a unique country – or at least that’s what most of us believe. But whether we like it or not, there are certain things about Nigeria that should always be put into consideration when one wants to make a decision. One of such decisions that are largely dependent on being resident in Nigeria is the phone to buy, especially when it comes to fairly used phones. A lot of people have, unfortunately, made mistakes when buying a used phone in Nigeria, but it is a costly mistake that you cannot afford to make. The fact that you are reading is enough evidence that you know you cannot afford to make mistakes when buying a used phone in Nigeria. And this list will guide you on what to watch out for.
Not Considering The Battery Life
You are a Nigerian living in Nigeria, so I believe you already see where I am going with this. Due to the electricity epilepsy in the country, you cannot afford to buy a phone with a short battery lifespan. Now, for a new phone, it is easy to determine the battery life because you can find the spec online, including the strength (mAh) of the battery. But for a used phone, the battery life will most likely not be as strong as it was at the beginning due to use. So, to balance this out, you can check for the mAh of the battery online and ask for the number of years the previous owner has been using it if you are buying directly from the owner or buy phones with a higher mAh if you are buying from dealers.
Not Considering The Memory Size
If you are a young person especially, you are likely to get apps, games, music and videos on your phone, getting a phone with a large storage space is practically non-negotiable. Trust me, it is frustrating always wondering what apps or files to delete because you want to make room for something equally important. Of course, no storage space is unlimited and you will exhaust it one day if you keep getting stuff without deleting anything – even though that’s practically impossible – but you want to give yourself a chance to have enough files that you consider important. Also, the size of the ROM is just as important as the RAM because many people seem to undermine the former when buying a phone.
Buying A Phone Without Warranty
A new phone will likely come with a warranty, but used phones do not usually come with one, so you have to make sure to ask for one from the seller. And remember not to accept word of mouth, but put it in writing in case the phone is not as good as promised. The last thing you want is a problematic phone that you cannot return.
Not Buying A Case and Screen Protector
You probably don't need to be told about how expensive the screen of Smartphones are. Sometimes, the price of a new screen will get you a new phone, so, it is important to buy a screen protector and a case to protect your phone. While you can do without a case, a screen protector is non-negotiable.
Buying An Outdated Phone
Even though you are buying a used phone, you should still try to buy a phone with a current operating system. If you want to keep up with the times, you should not consider buying any phone whose operating system is two generations old. Buying an outdated phone will not only prevent you from enjoying the new features that come with newer phones, but it will also prevent you from getting a more secure experience on the phone.
Phones are not exactly cheap – even used phones – except you don't want to buy a Smartphone. So it is not pleasant to drop a sizeable amount of money to buy a phone just to find out that you made a huge mistake. This is why it’s important to watch out and try to avoid these mistakes when buying a used phone in Nigeria.