Everybody wants to own a phone and not just a phone but a good phone. Mobile phones have emerged to be a necessity in human beings in the recent past. Mobiles phones are useful gadgets for people in communication, browsing, carrying out monetary transactions and store data such as pictures, videos, audios, tests, documents.
However, statistics have it that most Kenyans make grievous mistakes when buying phones without putting into consideration the risks that come after.
Read through this article carefully to familiarise yourself with the common mistakes people make when purchasing mobile phones which leave them regretting over time.
1. Purchasing second-hand mobile phones.
Statistics have shown that most people in Kenya go for second-hand phones because they are relatively cheap compared to brand new phones of the same category. The danger is the majority of second-hand phones are fake, damaged by the first user or stolen.
2. Preference for highly-rated phone brands.
Due to individual differences, there is a clear indication that some people buy their most preferred phone brands regardless of their high cost. The majority of Kenyans prefer well-brand phones like Samsung which are highly expensive compared to other brands having similar features.
3. Inability to recognise why you need a given type of phone.
Why do you want to own a phone? Which feature are you in need of? These are two main questions you need to ask yourself before deciding to purchase a phone. Buy a phone after understanding fully your needs so that you do not purchase expensive phones unnecessarily.
4. Purchasing from a crooked dealer or a stranger.
Make sure the dealer from whom you purchases mobile phone is trustworthy. Buying a phone from untrustworthy dealers in towns and market centres is the most dangerous mistake you can make. Such dealers always follow people in the streets with stolen or bogus phones that appear cheap. Some of these phones are tracked by police and if you are found with them you will be held responsible for any crone which was committed. Sadly, quite a good number of people who have purchased second-hand phones have found themselves in “hot soup” innocently because some stolen phones are attached to robbery with violence.
5. Buying a phone on hire-purchase.
You may be desperately in need of a particular phone and at the moment you are unable to buy it due to insufficient funds. Several people in this scenario opt to go for the on hire purchase. Hire purchase prices are almost double the cost price of the item. It is advisable to buy an affordable phone. Do not stretch to what you cannot afford at the moment.