Buying Mobile Phones on – Tips

Buying Mobile Phones on - Tips
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Mobile Phones are some of the best selling items on Mobile Phones from top Chinese brands like Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and OnePlus can be found on AliExpress at good prices from top suppliers in China. Less known brands like Umidigi and Cubot are also available at even cheaper prices. However, buying mobile phones on AliExpress can be a bit tricky, this article offers a guide.

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While shopping online, it is always important to confirm every key feature of the item you are buying. Before paying for mobile phones on AliExpress, make sure you confirm every detail with the supplier.

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You can contact the supplier by clicking on Contact Now link on the product page. Here are some of the key considerations:

What Languages are Supported

When buying a mobile phone from a store in your country, it is normal to take language for granted, since all mobile phones sold at local stores will come with the dominant local language.

However, when shopping from an international store like AliExpress, you need to pay more attention or you may end up with a mobile phone with a menu in Greek, Chinese, or French language.

Although most mobile phones on AliExpress will support English, it is always good to confirm. If you want the menu in other languages like French, Greek, Russian, and/or Arabic, you should also confirm those languages.

Even if the language is specified on the product page of the supplier, it is always a good idea to confirm.

Some suppliers of mobile phones on AliExpress may also offer to load a new ROM with more languages.

If you need more language options on the mobile phone like if you want to sell the phone in a multi-lingual region, confirm whether the supplier offers more languages via a new ROM.

What Bands are Supported

For a mobile phone to work in any country it must operate within the network band for that country. So, you have to confirm the network bands for 2G, 3G, and 4G networks in your country and confirm that the phone supports it.

For a mobile phone to work in Nigeria it must support the 900/1800 MHz band for GSM and the 2100MHz for 3G WCDMA. The World Time Zone website offers a comprehensive list of network bands for most countries.

Confirm the supported network bands from the supplier. Never assume any detail on the product page, always confirm with the supplier.

If you are interested in 4G LTE phones confirm as well. In Nigeria, here are the LTE bands.

Network4G LTE BandsFrequencies
MTN7 & 202600MHz & 800MHz
NTel8 & 3900MHz & 1800MHz

To check LTE bands for your country, click here.

Does it Support Google Play Store

When buying an Android phone from AliExpress it is always a good idea to confirm that it will run Google Play Store and run apps downloaded from the store.

Some Chinese manufacturers lock-down their phones to the extent that Google Play Store will not be supported.

You need to confirm that the phone supports the Google Play Store. This will usually require rooting of the device. Confirm that the version of the Google Play Store is in your preferred language.

Some good suppliers will offer rooting of the mobile phone as well as remove all the useless and annoying Chinese apps.

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Find a Phone that matches your wish from sellers with Positive feedback

Go through the mobile phone category page, click here or just search for phones and go though the listing to find a mobile phone that matches the specs you have in mind.

While going through the listing pay attention to cell phones with over 100 in sold items and over 4.5 in customer positive feedback.

In addition favour sellers with high positive feedback score of at least 90%. This confirms that the seller has a good reputation.

Confirm all Key Features

Some of the features above are critical for your mobile phone to be useful, but there are other key features to confirm. Here are a couple of them:

  • Is it Unlocked? i.e. will it work on any network within its supported network band
  • Is it brand new or refurbished? A refurbished phone is a used phone that has been polished to look good as new. Some of the parts like the battery and the casing will usually be new.
  • What version of the Operating System? If it is Android, is it Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x), KitKat (Android 4.4.x), Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x), Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x), Lollipop (Android 5.x.x), Marshmallow (Android 6.0), Android 7 (Nougat), Android 8 (Oreo), Android 9 Pie, Android 10, Android 11. If it is Windows Phone is it WP7.5, WP7.81, WP8, Windows Phone 8.1, or Windows 10 Mobile
  • Does it have glass protection for display and which one? e.g. Corning Gorilla Glass 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • What Colour?
  • What is the size and resolution of the display?
  • What is the resolution of the camera?
  • If you are into video calling, does it have a front facing camera?
  • What is the processor & RAM capacity
  • If you fancy multiple SIMs, is it dual-SIM or more?
  • What is the built-in storage capacity and what capacity is available to the user
  • Does is support memory card and is any provided free?

Other key features to confirm if you want them are Fingerprint Sensor, FM Radio, GPS Navigation, Camera Flash, Autofocus, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Wi-Fi, and NFC.

Confirming all these will go a long way in making your shopping experience on hassle-free.

There may be other features we have overlooked. If you buy mobile phones on AliExpress or Alibaba and have more tips, feel free to share your experience.

First look of the specifications listed on the product page. However, if you can find something or confused about any aspect of the device, you can send a message directly to the seller to get clarification.

Pick your preferred Shipping

DHL or other courier service is a good option if you have it as an option. However, this is usually high in cost.

The advantage is that you get your order delivered in days rather than weeks. However, there are cheaper options for shipping. The choice is yours.

Make your Payment

Aliexpress supports the following payment methods on its website:

Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Discover card and Diners Club card, American Express, Wire Transfer, Webmoney, Yandex.Money, Western Union, QIWI, DOKU, Mercado Pago, Boleto, bancontact, TEF, iDeal, Giropay, Sofort Banking, Carte Bancaire (Carte Blue), Przelewy24, SMS Payment in Russia (MTC, MegaFon, Beeline, TELE2), Cash Payment (Euroset, Syvaony, Russian Post), and AliExpress Pocket.

If you order via the app, here are your options:

Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Discover card and Diners Club card, American Express, QIWI, Boleto, bancontact, iDeal, Przelewy24, SMS Payment in Russia(MTC, MegaFon, Beeline, TELE2) and AliExpress Pocket.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Buying Mobile Phones on – Tips was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: July 16th, 2021
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