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LG Cosmos 3 question, buying aftermarket? Ebay?

Tech Idiot

Dec 14, 2014, 1:30 PM
Hello all...so I walked into a VZW store (corporate) and wanted to buy a new Cosmos 3 for my girlfriend. Her's is dying, keyboard not functioning properly, etc. It's pretty old.

Anyway, her kids (she's on a family plan) used all the upgrades. She's got close to 2 years left before she can get an upgrade deal. The only option was to buy a brand new Cosmos 3...full retail...$200!!!

So I was thinking of buying one -- new -- in the aftermarket, primarily via ebay. Is this a good idea? If so, how can I assure that I buy the phone, look to activate it with Verizon, keeping her same/old phone number, and that it will work?

Do I have any options here? I would love to buy her a new Cosmos 3 for Christmas, but I can't really see spending $200...
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epik

Dec 18, 2014, 11:13 AM
Welcome to full retail basic phones. They used to be a lot more than $200 only a few years ago.

If you can find a new one on ebay that is not attached to any contract, good for you. Generally speaking, anything online that says "new" either isn't actually new, or has a contract. If that line can't upgrade, you won't be able to buy one new from most vendors on ebay. Check for the contract details, if any.

The rule of thumb whenever buying a phone that's used or sold outside of the Verizon direct and indirect sales system is to look for the following:

1) It's a verifiable Verizon-capable phone. If it says Verizon on the phone itself, that's a good sign. If it's from Sprint or any other competitor, it likely won't work. There ar...
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Tech Idiot

Dec 21, 2014, 12:47 AM
Thank you for the comments and insight. I hear you, and thanks.

I looked around ebay, found one vendor who properly and accurately represented the phone. His phone # was in the ad so I called him. He gave me the ESN # and is also highly rated on ebay. He's sold about 50 of these phones. He also has a no question asked return policy. It appears that everything checked out.

So, I ended up buying one from him. It just got delivered today -- so I'll have it on Monday, will give it as a Christmas gift on Thursday and we'll see how it goes.

Thanks again for your help and advice.

So what's the story with a "swollen" battery? Swollen? What does that mean? Thanks again.
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epik

Dec 22, 2014, 12:35 AM
Glad to help.

Without going into the technical, a swollen battery is an outward sign of a battery that needs to be replaced. The more swollen it gets, the worse off the battery is. You would have diminished life between charges, as well as very long (or very short) charge times.
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Tech Idiot

Dec 22, 2014, 7:37 AM
Got it...thanks...

As long as everything else is OK, and I can get the phone activated properly with Verizon, the phone is clean, no scratches, etc. -- if the worst thing was that I had to get a new battery, so be it. That should be my worst problem, LOL.

Thanks again.
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Atwork87

Apr 10, 2015, 3:10 PM
How much did the battery cost
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