Buying a used phone, how to check if the phone is paid off and not on any contract..etc?

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Some one advertising on Kijiji for a Telus Iphone 6 for sale, I am interested in the phone, but how to check if the phone is paid off and not on any contract....etc?
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Mahmoud Elzeftawi

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Posted 2 years ago

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Mathieu, Mobile Master

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Hi Mahmoud,

There is no way for you to check. Only thing you can check is if the device was reported stolen by finding it's IMEI number. But, even if it's on contract and not paid off it would not be your responsibility but the responsibility of the old owner.
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Another tip is to ask if they have the receipt still. Since some times it can take a while (up to 48 hours I think) for IMEI databases to refresh and show if a phone is blacklisted or not.
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If the price is good, the phone is legit, then even if on contract it doesn't cost much to have it unlocked.