Originally Posted by diablo009
If you are buying it for 650, buy it straight TMo. Why do you want a used one.
If buying used, you can get it for around 500. BUT... if the person reports it as stolen later, or if he defaults on its payment (if not purchased in full like on contract), the carrier can blacklist it, and you won't be able to use the phone.
S5 has been notoriously famous in US for that latter given that all major carriers are now using an integrated database of blacklisted IMEIs.
Request to see the bill from the person you are buying phone.
For AT&T, you can have him come to AT&T store, n then take the phone to the person there and have a new SIM inserted (different SIM, but same number) and register the IMEI on your name. This way the owner cannot blacklist the IMEI after the IMEI is registered on your name.
I am not sure if this process is followed by TMobile too.
This process does work with tmobile. Craig's list has some interesting deals. Here is a list of the question I ask.
Clean IMEI? If it's not the rest of the questions are irrelevant.
Has it been activated? Just because it's in the box doesn't mean it's New.
Balance due? This question can only be answered by the owner. So the person doing the deal with you had better be the owner. None of this, "I doing the deal for my girlfriend."
If he claims he's authorized by the owner to do the deal ask for the Pin on account. Without that you don't have a deal.
Bottom line If the account hasn't been activated you have a deal.
If it's been activated it's not new but if the balance is paid up you can still cut a deal... for a better price.