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How To Check/Detect A Refurbished Android Smartphone Or Factory-New Phone

In this tutorial, you will basically learn how to find out or check if your Android smartphone, whether
new phone or your existing old brand phone is a refurbished device or not. In other words, checking whether a mobile Android smartphone is refurbished, gets you directed in making a right choice when getting a new phone or second hand phone for yourself or for somebody.
It is important to check whether your smartphone is a refurbished phone or not and for those of us who are hearing “refurbished devices” for the first time, it is the act of redecorating and redesign of swapped out or already repaired phone, presenting it as new phone to the mobile phone market for purchase by the public. This act of redesign doesn’t come from the main brand manufacturers but from those that pirates their brand of phones.
The worst part of this refurbished smartphones is that, it doesn’t come with full feature as its original brand used to have. Most of the features found in refurbished phones doesn’t function at all, some features are left blocked for you to unblock, features like making of calls, playing music, no browsing option for surfing the net etc sometimes, the phone gets hot like baking oven. There are lots of cheap refurbished smartphones models in different places even in online stores like ebay, Jumia, Konga, Jiji, Amazon etc so you ought to be careful and smart when making a choice of phone to use.
Having taken note of what refurb smartphones are, let’s proceed on how to detect any of them with just a dial of code on Android phones. For those using Apple phones like iphone, ipads etc your own tutorial is next, today is set out for Android users.
Check RTN Status of Refurbished Android Phones

How To Identify Refurbished Android Cell Phone

Before we proceed, the code below should work on the following list of Android phones brand below; 
Samsung, Gionee, Infinix, Tecno, Oneplus, Xiaomi, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Motorola, Nexus, HTC, Droid, Sony, Alcatel, Panasonic, Oppo, Archos, Coolpad, Intex, Lenovo, Asus, Meizu, Yu, Zen, Zopo, Philips, palm, Elephone, Umi, Google Pixel, Acer, Wiko, Xcute, Orange, 02, Microsoft, Micromax, Nec, Mitsubishi, Leco, Maxwest, i-mate, i-mobile, Hp, icemobile, Eten, Gigabyte, Dell, Cat, Casio, Blu, Ericsson, Bird, AT&T, Benefon, verizon contract, etc.
>>Step 1.  Switch ON the phone and go to the section of “dialer” as in where you dial number if you want to make call or dial a USD code.
Identify Refurbished Android image 1
>>Step 2. Next, dial on the Android keypad this code ##786# (also known as ##RTN#). After dialing, you need not to click send button because the code will automatically open up the RTN screen section of the smartphone once you enter the last digit #.
Now Tap on where you see ”VIEW” just as seen in the provided screenshot.
Note: Should in case the first provided code above didn’t work on your smartphone, then here
is another second code to dial *#*#786#*#* instead. Ensure to enter the code exactly the way it is presented here for it to work.
Identify Refurbished Android phone image 2
After the dialing the rtn codeview android rtn information should display, then proceed to next step.
code to check Refurbished Android phone
>>Step 3. Still on the RTN screen, scroll down below to the option/section of “Reconditioned status” There you will get to see two possible status entries which are as follows;
>> YesIf the status is YES then your Android phone is a refurbished model.
>> NoBut if the status is NO, then Congratulations, your smartphone is not a refurbished model.  Instead, it is factory new brand model.
USD code to check Refurbished Android smartphone status
Hope you have been educated about refurbished phones (ie previously used or damaged phones polished and presented to the public as if it were to be a new phone).  Now, kindly share the post with below share buttons to friends for avoidance of wrong selection when buying a smartphone.
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