eBay, one of the world’s largest e-commerce channels, recently announced its partnership with mobile device certification provider, Phonecheck, after the launch of its Refurbished program designed to compete with certification programs from other online electronics marketplaces. The California-based certification provider enables refurbishers to sell Phonecheck-certified devices through the platform, and uses advanced software to evaluate and pull device history data for a device.
The partnership provides remarketers with the option to have Phonecheck evaluate and produce reports on devices sold through eBay’s Refurbished program. Phonecheck’s certification program manager, Laura Homer explained that the certification is allowing resellers to sell their electronics atr 5 to 10 percent higher prices than non-certified devices. Homer expressed her excitement stating, “It’s really helpful to be able to deliver, instantaneously, the kind of information that informs both pricing and value.”
Phonecheck’s certification takes place via a software that communicates with applications or websites to provide dozens of data points about the device before a third party certification provider evaluates a device from databases using the device’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). The software then erases the phone’s data.
eBay isn’t the only company Phonecheck has partnered with as of late. The eBay partnership follows the mobile device certification company’s deal with an online marketplace for used devices, Back Market. In addition, Phonecheck has worked with musicMagpie, Swappa, ecoATM, B-Stock and Amazon Renewed.
Phonecheck’s certification services are currently available for Apple and Android phones, as well as tablets, with other device types expected to be added later on.