cex unlocked a, b or c mean?

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Posted 11th May 2014
Hi Guys

Looking at some phones and noticed on the bay, 2nd hand, they go for more than cex - which I think have 12 months warranty (is that true)?

In fact some 2nd hand almost go for the phone shop asking prices (whats the deal with that)?

Anyway

Whats does unlocked a,b or c mean - is that grading?

As on some phones, when there is loads in stock - there is a drop down with gradings!

But some phones say unlocked a, b or c in different stores

Anyway to ring stores to find out?
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Cex grading - Explaining the meaning of unlocked A,B and C


CeX buys, sells and exchanges a range of new and second-hand products, including mobile phones, computers, consoles and more. It’s developed its own grading system to evaluate the product it sells, so you can quickly see the condition of the product you’re buying. The grading is made with respect to the cosmetic condition and functionality of the gadget, as well as the accessories included with it. This system can be a bit confusing if you’ve never bought from Cex before, so we’ve made this short guide to explaining what these grades mean.


What does Unlocked A mean

If a product is marked as ‘Unlocked A’, this means the product is in mint or new condition. You’ll get it with all accessories in an original box. These can be brand new products that someone simply didn’t want or barely used products that might as well be new due to the conditions they’re in.


What does Unlocked B mean

If you’re buying something that’s marked as Unlocked B, you can expect to find it in good condition with all essential accessories included. However, it may not come in a box. The product should have a relatively good cosmetic condition, but may have a few scratches.


What does Unlocked C mean

If something has been marked Unlocked C, then this means that while the product is still working, it’s not in the best physical condition. You can expect there to be extensive scratching and other physical blemishes. None of the essential components (like the screen on a phone) will be broken, however. It may or may not come in its original packaging. You can still use the product as normal and all essential accessories will be included.
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A B & C are grading.

I believe this is what they are:-

like new, full accessories - A
some surface scratches and no accessories - B
absolutely beat up - C
From CeX

Mint (A) - Working phone in as new/mint condition. Complete with original box and accessories as sold new.
Good (B) - Working phone in good condition with slight cosmetic blemishes. Charger supplied. If the phone includes a music player/radio then it is supplied with headphones. If the phone has PDA functionality a sync cable and/or docking cradle is supplied. Missing original packaging.
Poor (C) - Working phone in poor cosmetic condition. Original or 3rd party charger supplied but missing accessories and original packaging.

unlocked means open to any network. So you can put any SIM in it from any network. A, B or C is the condition of the item itself. A being in excellent condition with the box and accessories. I bought an xperia z tablet in A condition and it was perfect but I'm sure other users have had diff experiences. seems to be those that love and those that hate! I bought some vouchers for cex at 80% of cost so got item cheaper!
Don't expect CEX to honour their own grading system or any kind of warranty/guarantee they offer.Once they have your money all that goes out of the window.
cheers guys. it is grading then.

i then better to go into stores and checking before buying. that way discuss their warranty.

A grades are then almost the same as bay store sellers for new phones.

Man the hunt is getting harder.

jamierichardson129

Don't expect CEX to honour their own grading system or any kind of … Don't expect CEX to honour their own grading system or any kind of warranty/guarantee they offer.Once they have your money all that goes out of the window.



Sister in law bought a iPhone off them they replaced it no questions asked under warranty, even asked if she wanted to pay a small amount extra to upgrade, a few months later got a bose sound dock it broke a few a few weeks and they refunded no questions asked.
good to know that their warranty will hold up. might consider a A grade against a bay seller with bin who says in london, but you cant tell.
eslick

Sister in law bought a iPhone off them they replaced it no questions … Sister in law bought a iPhone off them they replaced it no questions asked under warranty, even asked if she wanted to pay a small amount extra to upgrade, a few months later got a bose sound dock it broke a few a few weeks and they refunded no questions asked.

wow you got lucky,you must've actually dropped on a branch with a conscience.
Looking to buy from cex what r they like I'm confused people have different anwers
want to buy iPhone 6 new for my daughter
Mwk

Looking to buy from cex what r they like I'm confused people have … Looking to buy from cex what r they like I'm confused people have different anwers want to buy iPhone 6 new for my daughter



​you could try apple, they do monthly 0% interest payment plans on the iphone 7 (£33 a month i think) and it includes an upgrade to the newest iphone next year when its out.
jamierichardson129

​you could try apple, they do monthly 0% interest payment plans on the i … ​you could try apple, they do monthly 0% interest payment plans on the iphone 7 (£33 a month i think) and it includes an upgrade to the newest iphone next year when its out.



​if you really want to buy one outright id use anyone but CEX as they dont stick to their warranty
I have a question if I want to buy a phone with unlocked A .All sim cards will work
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