Ever bought a phone and found yourself wondering if it was brand new or refurbished?
This is a major issue, especially for those looking to get devices from those “computer villages” or “Phone villages” as they are more popularly known.
The good news is, there’s a way to find out, and I’ll be sharing it with you in these 3 simple steps.
Run dialer on your phone, marked by the call icon.
Using the touchscreen keypad, Dial ##786# (aka ##RTN#). No need to press dial, your phone will automatically open up to the RTN screen. From here Tap View
Note: If this code doesn’t work, try *#*#786#*#*instead. Stars and numbers must be entered in the correct order.
Scroll down the RTN screen to Reconditioned status. Here there are only two possible status entries:
• Yes – Your phone is a refurbished model.
• No – Congratulations, your phone is not a refurbished model. Instead, it is factory new.