Oh god, it was such a pain getting my phone off craigslist - I don't know if it's just LA, but here's what I learned about people you should avoid: if you call and text about the phone and they reply "which phone?" it's best to avoid. Also, if it sounds a bit like an ad, search the phone number on clist - if it shows up multiple times all under different names, avoid - the different names are just code words referring to a (most likely) stolen item. If you call and ask them if it's stolen and they hang up, it's probably stolen. If they're selling a half dozen new ones, but demand meeting at a rite-aid in a ghetto part of town, it's probably stolen. If they sound like they're on drugs on the phone, that's why they're selling their phone.
Other than the avoid list I just put up, hasoon covered everything.
Sent from my HTC_Amaze_4G that wasn't bought off a criminal using XDA
By the way, you should know that there is actually 3 water damage indicators. One on the side of the battery compartment, one on the battery, and another one inside the phone. I'll show you what I mean.
See that white circle inside the phone? That's it.
Meet at a Tmobile's store and make sure that it is not reported stolen.
Over 10000!!! You bet I am.
This is great advice. Why chance it, when you can have it verified at a TMobile store. Its not worth the risk. Craigslist is notorious for scams. If the seller isn't willing to go to a store, walk away from the deal.
If it turns out to be legit, inspect the phone thouroughly. Check for dead pixels, check the screws to make sure it wasn't taken apart, etc. Question the battery life too.
Just my two cents. Hate to see people get ripped off. Sometimes people are so excited, they totally forget these things. lol
Thanks so much everyone for your great responses. I hope others interested in purchasing a phone off of CL can take a peek into this thread as a lot of the input is applicable for phones other than the Amaze.
Well, I have both good news and bad news. Why don't we start with the bad first . I woke up this morning and saw a 2 week old "perfect condition" HTC Amaze on Craigslist for $150. $150?! The seller is practically giving it away!! I call him right away (probably 30 minutes after he posted the ad) and tell him that I'll be on my way. Well, it was right around 8 AM in the morning and traffic was really really bad (Seattle). I ended up getting to the seller's house in an hour and a half.
He comes out and is fairly sketchy looking. He shows me the phone and tells me that he's received a bunch of calls from people that are willing to buy it right away. I notice that there is what looks to be red vinyl on the screen. He peels it off and hands me the phone. There are a few scratches on the screen and tons of nicks all over the edges of the phone. WTF!! The guy had told me that the phone was in perfect, brand-new condition. I ask if I can call customer service to make sure that the phone has not been blacklisted. He says OK. I dial 611 and then get to the automated menu where you can either type in numbers on the keypad or say where you would like to be directed to. I ask to speak to a representative. After a moment of silence, the question comes up again. "How can I help you today?" Ok..., something's weird. After yelling multiple times into the phone, the automated message tells me that it'll transfer me over to a representative (I'm assuming that it timed out). A rep picks up the phone and asks how I can be helped. I tell her that I'm purchasing a phone and would like to make sure that it is not blacklisted. Silence ensues. Uhmm..., ok, let me repeat that. I speak into the phone again and still get nothing. Great, not only is the phone in terrible shape, the speaker doesn't work.
I then get ready to pop my simcard out and notice something odd. There are no screws in the back of the phone!! Not to mention, the void sticker is gone. I tell him that he's wasted my time and that the phone has clearly been disassembled (my guess is that the screen has been replaced). He tells me that he purchased the phone from someone else but has another one that his "company" gave him. He goes back inside and comes out with another Amaze. I pop the back cover off to put in my sim card and notice a loose screw. I immediately look at the other holes and see that half of the screws are missing. Without even wasting more of my time, I tell him that it's clear that both phones have been disassembled and that I have no interested in purchasing either of the phones from him. I jump back into my car, check my phone, and what do I see? An Amaze for $200. I immediately call the seller and set up an appointment to meet him. The phone ends up being perfect with box, manuals, charger, etc and checks out with T-Mobile so I pay him and finally tell myself that I am an Amaze owner .
One thing I noticed about this phone is that the battery life SUCKS! I get a lot of business emails so I check my email frequently. I've found that this alone causes the phone to not even last a day. The plus though is that the phone has an EXCELLENT build quality. I've had a ton of phones in the past (iPhone 3/3GS/4/4S, Galaxy S2, Infuse, G2X, Titan II, etc) and with the exception of the Titan II, it's the sturdiest phone I've ever had. Definitely happy with my purchase although I'm not entirely convinced that I'll be keeping this phone for very long with its poor battery life . Anyway, thought I'd share my story!
Good job OP! Welcome to the forum. Glad to hear the great news. Good job protecting yourself and hopefully you enjoy your Amaze to the fullest. Look in the accessories thread for extra battery options. Sucks that some idiot is trying to rip people off out there.
To the OP, rather than quote your whole message.. battery life "stock" might suck, but there is a ton you can do about it. Roms you can flash(gingerbread) that remove bloat and crap that drains the battery. Battery would improve. I've made threads on this, but so have many others, just gotta research. You could jump to once care sandwich! Totally worth it.. would take a lot of research on your part, but life with screen OFF is amazing, but as with any phone, the more you do.. but with some work I get at least 20 hours out of normal use, and I can kill it in 12 or less if I'm TRYING to, but I doubt you use it THAT heavily.
Anyways, do some looking around, there is a ton you can do to make it better of you're willing to take the time to learn and tinker. Welcome to the amaze you now have awesomesauce in your pocket!
I actually picked up an Amaze last night from Craigslist. The phone was in great condition. The guy had practically everything except the box. He even still had the t-mobile store bag that it came from. I called customer support to ask them if there was any way I could check the IMEI. They said that they had nothing in their system but if the phone could make a call then it was fine. I did make a call with the phone and it worked. I'm hoping that nothing comes up with it. The guy didn't seem like he needed to rip anyone off (was driving a very nice/new/expensive vehicle).
Not to mention, he did not factory reset the phone so I wrote down his gmail address (for what its worth). And his lockscreen password was his dad's birthday (so he told me) so I have that info as well (again, for what its worth).
Overall, seemed like a good experience. I'm really not concerned. I paid a bit over market value for the phone but it is in great condition.
Originally Posted by eagle1967
Im on my way to tmobile and LG headquarters anyone got a problem with that.
its time to kick ass or chew bubble gum and im all out of gum.
Whelp, I've already run into a problem. Every time one of the capacitive buttons on the bottom are pressed, it causes the speaker to pop. Also, the speaker pops when listening to music with headphones. Luckily, the phone is still under warranty so I'll be getting the unit replaced.
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