1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

General How to tell if a phone is used

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by pappabacon, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. pappabacon

    pappabacon Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    58
    Posts:
    165
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2011

    Sep 11, 2011
    165
    16
    58
    Southern California
    I bought a samsung galaxy s2 on ebay. It was sold as new and I'm wondering if there is any way to tell? On some old phones there wasa menu option to tell usage history, is there one on this phone?
     

    Advertisement

    SGS2 likes this.
  2. pappabacon

    pappabacon Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    58
    Posts:
    165
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2011

    Sep 11, 2011
    165
    16
    58
    Southern California
    Also, when I post via Phandroid app my posts don't show up.
     
  3. MisterEd

    MisterEd Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    93
    Posts:
    773
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2010

    Apr 15, 2010
    773
    117
    93
    New Joisey
    I don't believe there is a way. You might be able to go to an AT&T store and give them the IMEI. They SHOULD be able to tell you when (or if) it had been activated. If it was activated then it isn't truly new. Problem is, lots of eBay sellers cheat very heavily on the word "new" on anything. New to some of these sellers is "I've had it for 4 months and barely used it so it is new."

    I just bought one myself today off eBay that is supposedly "new." I never trust "new" but considering I paid $475 minus $30 in "eBay bucks" and no shipping it beats AT&T $550 price + tax by $150. I've had good luck on eBay over the years.
     
  4. SGS2

    SGS2 Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    43
    Posts:
    216
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011

    Mar 26, 2011
    216
    35
    43
    international diplomat, cia spy
    top secret, undisclosed location
    maybe, but i just checked and it is more for data statistics, but *#*#info#*#* (*#*#4636#*#*) may help.

    your usage may have already made it difficult to tell.
     
  5. MisterEd

    MisterEd Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    93
    Posts:
    773
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2010

    Apr 15, 2010
    773
    117
    93
    New Joisey
    I believe that can easily be cleared with a wipe or reload of the O/S.
     
  6. pappabacon

    pappabacon Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    58
    Posts:
    165
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2011

    Sep 11, 2011
    165
    16
    58
    Southern California
    I haven't used it, I'm going to be selling it (I bought it and in the interim we switched to Sprint and then I finally got it) and don't want to advertise it as new if it is used (even if the previous seller did so).

    I tried doing that and nothing came up. Guess I'll just list it as new. Thanks.
     
  7. FireAndroid

    FireAndroid Newbie
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    11
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2011

    Oct 10, 2011
    11
    2
    16
    I bought mine through AT&T upgrade and was wondering if a tech or someone was playing around with it before it was shipped to me. It was shipped from AT&T in the Dallas area, the SIM card was already in the phone, there was a Dallas area city in the weather app, when I went to Homedepot.com a Dallas area city was the my store location and there was already something in the shopping cart. So maybe you can check popular website stores to see if the my store locations have already been chosen by someone.
     

Share This Page

Loading...