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Sorry Huawei users, no one even wants to buy your preloved phones anymore

As the news broke over the world that Huawei devices might soon be rendered obsolete, some Huawei phone owners clamoured to sell off their phones.

But now, several second-hand phone shops are reportedly not even repurchasing these devices anymore, at any price.

What happened?

On Monday morning (20 May), Google announced that they would be terminating Android licensing and other Google services for Huawei phones as a result of the ongoing US-China trade war. And just a day after, Google reinstated Android licensing to Huawei at least for the next 90 days, while negotiations continue.

Even then some Singaporeans were spotted clamouring to sell off their phones on Carousell, with one listing their P30 Pro for just S$900. That’s almost 40% less than the price of a new device.

Second-hand phone say, ‘no’

A quick survey of Singaporean handphone shops shows that all Huawei phones are currently listed at S$0 for trade-in and resale price.

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These new prices effectively mean that, with the current situation, all Huawei phones, including the P30 Pro and Mate 20, are worthless for retailers. But that shouldn’t take away the value and function for current Huawei phone owners.

The de-licensing only affects future Huawei models. Your current devices should be receiving its regular security and feature updates for the remainder of its lifespan.

Even with all the existing utility in the latest Huawei devices, it seems that their value in the eyes of consumers has fallen (and along with buyers as a result).

It’s quite likely that once (and if) the trade war blows over, the Huawei hysteria should dissipate.

But if you really want to sell off your device, you’ll have a better chance of finding a buyer later rather than sooner. And if you really need to let go of it now, consider scrapping.

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