My daughter just broke her phone and I am reluctant to buy her a new one. We're on a Sprint Family "Everything Messaging 1500" plan. She mostly uses text and usuallyt less than 100 minutes of air time per month.
Can I just buy a used/refurbished Sprint phone off the internet, say ebay?
How do I ensure the phone will work with Sprint?
How do I get them to activate the new phone?
Or is this all just a waste of time and I should buy it directly from Sprint?
Sorry for the newbie question. I'm not really very sophisticated about these phones. Thanks for your help.
You should be able to buy a cheap phone off ebay. But you always run the risk or it being stolen or some kind of issue when you get to the Sprint store. I think the best thing to do if at all possible it try to buy a phone off someone from craigslist. This way you can have them meet you at the sprint store and if everything is good (not stolen, not broken, a sprint phone) then you hand over the money after sprint has put it under that phone number.
To add to KenDog210's comment, when buying a used phone off of sites like ebay or craigslist it is a good idea to get the serial number or ESN/MEID from the seller before committing to something. If they won't give you the serial number don't do business with them.
With the ESN/MEID you can call customer care or tech support and have them verify if it's clear for use and if it matches the device the seller is listing.