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[Q] Help me with testing a used SGN 3

25th February 2014, 10:42 PM |#1  
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I'm looking at a used T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3, unlocked, tomorrow.
What should I look out for, so I don't get landed with a problematic unit?
It's had a fall, and the seller had the screen replaced. Front camera is not working.
It's very, very affordable, and I'll never be able to buy one at full price.
I just don't want to find out that a whole bunch of other hidden stuff is not working, after handing over the money.
And the Note 3 is pretty complex, compared to my old Dinc2.

Is there a "test mode", where hardware errors would show up?

The front camera replacement is really cheap, and I'm handy with fixing things, as long as I can find a good guide, so I'm hoping to end up with a fully functioning phone at the fraction of the price.
Of course, there will be no warranty, but at least I won't have to worry about Knox and can root the phone.
 
 
25th February 2014, 10:54 PM |#2  
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The biggest thing I can think of is a blocked IMEI. You should probably have the exchange done at a T-Mobile store and have them check it. Also have them note it in your and the sellers accounts that ownership has changed so he can't call tomorrow and claim the phone stolen and get it blocked b

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26th February 2014, 12:51 AM |#3  
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The biggest thing I can think of is a blocked IMEI. You should probably have the exchange done at a T-Mobile store and have them check it. Also have them note it in your and the sellers accounts that ownership has changed so he can't call tomorrow and claim the phone stolen and get it blocked b

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Thanks! I'll definitely meet outside a T-mobile store!
There are too many dishonest people selling stuff on craigslist, unfortunately.
26th February 2014, 03:12 AM |#4  
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Thanks! I'll definitely meet outside a T-mobile store!
There are too many dishonest people selling stuff on craigslist, unfortunately.

Also be sure to confirm the seller has paid off the device if they stop making the payment after selling it to you the device will get blacklisted.

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26th February 2014, 01:27 PM |#5  
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Just make sure there is no EIP left on the phone and also have T Mobile transfer the IMEI to your account there and then. Also for the test do type in *#0*#
27th February 2014, 04:55 AM |#6  
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Meet INSIDE the store please. And make sure its not a fake by verifying the serial number in settings and also back of the battery.

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