How much should I be paying for a good condition N8?
I have wanted an N8 since before it was released but for various reasons I never got around to getting one.
My N95 has just died on me after having it since it came out, so cant really complain, but it couldnt have happened at a worse time as I do not have much money at all for a new phone.
My mother recently gave me £70 that she has owed me for a while, so I started looking at phones and for the money I have the phones were not really all that good, So I plan on saving up for a bit until I have enough for an N8.
A few questions:
How much should I be looking to pay for a good condition N8? Im on giffgaff and am happy with that so it would have to be either unlocked or on 02. (I have been looking around online but the prices vary so much and the conditions of some of the phones I have seen are terrible.)
Also, I have never used a touchscreen before, are they hard to get used to for a new user? I feel I will miss a keypad!
One last thing, where would be the best place to buy one? Can I trust ebay? I have seen stories online that people have bought phones online then a few months later it has been blocked as the original owner said it was stolen to claim on the insurance, is this common or am I paranoid?
Hiya, I can sympathise with the ebay mistrust. I've sold a number of used phones on ebay, and some of the people who buy them don't trust me at all. Once, a phone I sold wasn't quite perfect, and they threatened to go to the police - they said they had been ripped off before.
Anyway, for all the bad ebayers, there are plenty of good ebayers. I'd say, if they have 50 or even 100+ good reviews, chances are pretty good they're legit. My golden rules are:
1. if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is,
2. try to stick with sellers located and sending from within Western Europe (might seem biased, but it just seems more trustworthy closer to home)
3. only ever use PayPal to pay, otherwise there's no ebay buyer protection
Not sure about pricing though. N8 was around €325 when I bought it. I'd hope to get around €200 used for it, but that might be wishful thinking. Problem is, I'm waiting for a Lumia PureView, so I'm gonna be holding on to my N8 for a while yet...
PS: I just stumbled over this on another Nokia fan site: http://www.noknok.tv/2012/07/09/best...for-july-2012/
Last edited by holzlondon; 07-09-2012 at 02:16 PM.
My Nokia History....
I'd echo the above regarding eBay. I've been stung before after I bought a new Nokia n95 8gb on eBay only to find that the original owner failed to keep up his contract payments and the network blocked it. Having said that it's far more unlikely to happen to a used phone.
Make sure you ask the seller if the phone is on contract still, I would only buy it if they owned it outright.
I've seen a few used N8s for sale in cash converters for just over £100. Might be worth a look and at least you'll have peace of mind if anything goes wrong at least for a little while after.
I still have my N95 8Gb so can relate to your sittuation.
Originally Posted by Central Perk
 You will find that it is very different in some respects but also you will find that you are able to work your way around it without too much bother because in some ways, the operating system is similar. There are some main differences which you might find irritating and some which you are delighted with. In my case the pro's overwhelmed the con's so I am a happy bunny.
 The main difference for practical purposes is the key board on the screen. If you have pigs tits for fingers like me then you will find that you have to be carefull and it is a two handed job.
 The camera is the dogs by comparisson and so is the editing software included on the phone. I do all my editing on it as a precursor to further editing on my laptop if needed. The video and film payback is excellent. However, the sound quality is also as good or better than the N95 but the loud speaker is crap!!!
I bought my N8 on flea bay from a Polish kitchen porter whoose wife was expecting their 3rd kid. He needed the money. I checked it out and everything was as new except for the fact that the screen had at some point been replaced. However, aside from that, everything was as if it was brand new. Even had Polish games on?????? [That took some figuring out]
I bought it for £220 and that was a year ago when it was running pre Anna. I now run Belle and it is still excellent, best value I have had for some time.
If you are going to buy of flea bay then I'd reccommend the following:
 In sist on telephone contact and cash on delivery - you collect in person and check it out yourself or with someone who knows about it.
 Only go fo SIM Free and not one that has been previously 'branded' and then unlocked.
 Check if it has the correct Nokia screen protector fitted [clear plastic screen cover] and it has no 'bubbles'. If it has take it off and check the screen for scratches.
 Take your GiffGaff card with you and insert and use to verify working etc.
I'd only go for one that comes with all the boxed items and if all the items are either un used or like new, including the box.
it can be a minefield so unless you are confident then I'd go for a retailer.
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