We get a lot of questions about where we get our phones from. Well, we get them from all the people whom have been turned into a zombie by us. But if we can’t find anyone to turn into a zombie, we buy the phones from trade-in programs, corporate buy back and ex-demo stocks.
What happens after they get traded in?
Once get traded in, the handset goes through a 14 points check. We check the following:
- Water damage – We check to make sure the phone have not come in touch with water previously.
- Battery – Battery is tested to make sure is at least 80% of the original capacity.
- Screen – We test the screen to make sure that there is no dead spot i.e. an area that is non-responsive to touch.
- Camera – Front and Rear camera is tested.
- Speakers – Both normal and loudspeaker is tested.
- Microphone – Microphone is tested by placing a call and record a voice memo.
- Charging – Charging port is tested to make sure phone can accept charge.
- SIM Locked – Different network SIM cards is inserted to make sure is not network locked.
- IMEI – Handset is check against IMEI data to make sure its not recorded as stolen or blocked.
- Fingerprint reader – If applicable, fingerprint reader is tested.
- Buttons – All buttons are tested.
- WiFi/Bluetooth – Wifi and Bluetooth are tested by connecting to various devices.
- Headphone jack – Earphones is connected to check audio quality.
- Proximity sensor – This is a sensor that detect when the phone is near your head, it will turn off the screen to avoid accidental dialling.
After all this, we charge the phone, clean it up and package it into a nice box. It’s now ready for retailing.
Our phones are not refurbished. And you shouldn’t buy refurbished phone. See our guide on refurbished vs used phone.