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September 7, 2021

Do Original Phone Parts Matter? Let’s Talk About OEM.

If you are in the market for a used cell phone, you might come across phrases in the ads you are seeing, stating that the phone comes with OEM. What is OEM? OEM is an acronym for "original equipment manufacturer" which means that the phone is coming with the original parts, from either Apple, Android, or whatever phone brand you might be considering. 

Why Do People Use Non-OEM Parts?

The biggest advantage of using non-original manufacturer equipment for replacement parts is the cost is lower. The disadvantage, however, is you get what you pay for. Cheaper parts usually mean lower quality. 

Does It Matter if a Phone has Non-OEM Parts? 

The short answer? Yes. Original parts matter, especially for things like the touchpad on your iPhone. Purchasing replacement equipment from the original manufacturer might cost you more, but in the long run, it will be worth it. You won't have to keep replacing the part AND if you ever want to sell the phone privately, smart buyers will be asking if the parts for the phone are from the original manufacturer. Also, repairing your phone with non-OEM parts can cause damage to your phone, void warranties, and in the end, lower the resale value. 

Buying a Used Phone and Want to Check for OEM Parts? 

There are ways to check if the phone you are wanting to buy from a private party or resale company has original parts. For iPhones, you can take your phone to Apple and have them check it. However, most of the time you won’t have the opportunity to take the phone in for an examination before you commit to buying it. Fortunately, there is a simpler option: You can use a device certification system like Phonecheck, to verify not only that the parts of the phone in question are originals, but to also check the battery life, that the phone has not been reported stolen, and even more. Phonecheck provides a full diagnostic check of the phone, which is not only a great option for buyers, but for sellers looking to have a phone certified before putting it up for sale. This certification is a tool that can be used when selling the phone privately, to make buyers feel more comfortable about their purchase. 

If you're considering a used cell phone purchase or selling your cell phone so you can upgrade to the newest model, visit to see all the great features this device certification system offers.

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