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How to Become a Cell Phone Tester Before They’re Released to the Public

Updated on October 30, 2012

Do you love new gadgets? Do you enjoy getting the latest mobile phone that is available and trying out all of the new applications that it can access? This can get to be a pretty expensive hobby since new phones are constantly being released and most of the newest releases aren’t cheap. One great way to enjoy your love of new phone technology without sacrificing your entire budget to new phones is to learn how to become a cell phone tester.

What is a Cell Phone Tester?

A cell phone tester is someone who gets to test out mobile phones, mobile phone applications and new features on mobile phones before these are actually released to the public. A cell phone tester may get paid to do this work. More likely, this person will be volunteering in exchange for the chance to test out phones that aren’t yet available to the general public. In either case, the cell phone tester will have to test out the new product or features in a timely manner and will have to report on the results of the testing in some form or other to the people who have hired the tester. These reports may be written or verbal and may be formal or informal.

How to Become a Cell Phone Tester

It isn’t very easy to become a cell phone tester because of the fact that there are limited positions available for this type of job and there are a lot of people out there who would like to do it. However, it is possible to become a cell phone tester if you know where to look for this type of work.

Some of the things that you might do to become a cell phone tester include:

• Check the websites of the cell phone companies and handset makers that you like most. Each individual company may issues announcements on websites, job board and blogs that let the public know that they are interested in hiring cell phone testers. These posts will provide information on the exact details of applying for the job. The amount of testing work that you get will likely be limited since you’re working with only one company but you’ll get to try out the products that you are likely to like the most.

• Get a job with a cell phone company. A lot of those companies don’t advertise those jobs because they have in-house staff doing the testing. These are people who do other jobs for the company (such as customer service) but who also do some of the company’s cell phone testing. If you’re willing to work for a cell phone company then it’s a good way to get the opportunity to do cell phone testing for that same company.

• Attend mobile phone conventions and do some networking. Many of the people who get work as cell phone testers get that work because they know someone who knows someone. Get in with the right people by networking at mobile phone events and then put the word out there among your network that you’re looking to work as a cell phone tester.

• Check technology job boards. It’s rare but every once in a while you will see a job come up for the position of cell phone tester. Common job boards (such as Monster and MySpace jobs) are a good place to look if this is something that you’re serious about trying to do. Keep an eye out on the jobs and gigs announcements on sites like Craigslist as well because beta testers are often advertised for on those sites. And check out mobile phone forums for the occasional company post about this.

• Apply to work as a writer / reviewer for mobile phone blogs, websites and magazines. Major mobile phone blogs and websites get access to a lot of the new mobile technology before it’s been officially released to the public. Their reviewers get paid to check out the newest mobile phones and mobile phone features and to write up their opinion about them for the sites. These jobs are hard to get and it’s best if you have experience as a tech writer but this is a great way to get work as a cell phone tester (and even get paid to do it!)

• Start your own mobile phone blog. This takes some time and patience but it’s one way that the average person can start getting a foot in the door to test mobile phones. Basically you’ll start your own mobile phone blog and report on the latest phone news. If you can develop this blog to the point where it is a high-quality blog then you can contact mobile phone companies and ask about the possibility of testing new phones in exchange for writing about them on your blog. People who are interested in unique phones from smaller companies and startups may be able to have some success with this approach.

Becoming a cell phone tester requires a combination of persistence and luck. An avid interest in mobile phones and a general passion for getting truly involved with the industry will assist you in getting closer to the opportunities that are available for testing out phones and phone features before they are released to the general public. Keep on putting the word out there that this is something that you’re interested in and there’s a good chance that some sort of chance to do this will come around.


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    sherryv 3 months ago

    I would like to be cell phone tester, if I can.... I will do honest testing .. thanks

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    Tom 5 months ago

    Very interesting post. I'm trying to write some phones and gadgets review and it would be nice to get some phones that I can test for free. Thanks for very useful tips.

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    Ahmed Mustafa 9 months ago from Pakistan

    A very well written informative post.

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    Jackie dixon 2 years ago

    I have had a mobile now for mean years I would love to become a phone tester so that when my granson gets hes frist smart phone i well be able to help him and me to as i am 56 and he is 9

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    Dustin smith 2 years ago

    How can i be a tester

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    Funny Videos 2 years ago

    I want to go for it! It will be my first and you would make my day :) :)

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    Vicky 2 years ago

    I am a pro when it comes to phones everyone comes to me if they have a problem with there phones I would love to be a phone tester

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    Barbie 2 years ago

    I would love to test one of your phones cause I am on mine all the time.

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    Jolynne jackson 2 years ago

    Would love to do this i think it would ve awsome

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    phone buster 3 years ago

    I bet aint nobody gotta phone that can hold up to OK brindle brey sapp and if u do hell I'll buy it cuz I aint focus one yet that can hold upm

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    Tara Hatchett 4 years ago

    I love all phones if you need someone to test them out i would love to test them pout and give you my feedback. Thanks Tara

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    Rosalie Norris 4 years ago

    L would love to test out a new phone before the public !

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    I have worked as android device tester for 3 years. I have tested about 100 devices. But, now i left my job and looking for a change in job profile. can anyone suggest me what job shall i get now. please mail me..

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    suzyframe 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this information! I have been looking into bell - appleby crossing and seeing what kinds of phones they can offer me! But now I think I will try to get more involved in testing them! Thanks for sharing! Through my research this website has been helpful as well:

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    frank 5 years ago

    I hire cell phone testers all the time. Unfortunately, you need to speak Japanese, have some technical background and live in the bay area of San Francisco. If you meet the criteria, give me a call at 212-806-2065

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    peterd 5 years ago

    how can i become a mobile phone tester in australia i love using phones and exploring and researching them.i like comparing different phones .

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    lori 5 years ago

    I would like to know how to test cell phones..

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    martial labbe 6 years ago

    how the hell do I become a IPHONE5 TESTER WHIT THE CODE 4444

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    Echi 6 years ago

    I actually worked testing LG mobile phones for about 3 months... At first is fun but you'll get bored very quickly. You'll have to do the same thing over and over (and over) again with every phone, and normally at first they're filled with bugs, which is very annoying (and it is your job to detect them). Also, not every phone that gets released is like an Optimus 3D or an iPhone....

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    raymond glover 6 years ago

    would love to test an iphone 5

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    jinkimahi 6 years ago

    sure, definitely a good idea. 4444

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    Susan Peterson 6 years ago

    I want to go for it! It will be my first and you would make my day :)


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    Patricia Brown 6 years ago

    Would like to be blessed with a p iPhone5.

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    roadkingrider 6 years ago

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    roadkingrider 6 years ago

    i think this will be fun and helpful for all involved

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    maria alcantar 4444 6 years ago

    I'd never thought I'd be luckey enough to be selected. for an apple phomeif I am chosen I'd be proud to use the top of the line in the wrold phone

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    Mary Timm 4444 6 years ago

    I have an antique cell phone; need to up grade!

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    dawn Scott 6 years ago

    I hate my cell phone I would love to try you're tester phone please

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    dawn Scott 6 years ago

    I hate my cell phone I would love to try you're tester phone please

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    Eli 6 years ago

    Well I have been doing this for a while now, but the problem is that I have never had luck with actually being a permanent. All this jobs are usually Temp because they don't last long, due to the fact that you will just have to wait till the new releases come out and see if you can return to doing this job. So many people take this positions fast because you really don't do much and you get paid good when there is work. Otherwise, when it slows down, it's time to seek another Job.

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    kim 6 years ago

    Im a blogger and i would love to advertise and blog for companys..i just blogged about the new samsung phone!

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    mrs. J 6 years ago

    I would love to test Blackberry's! I have been with my carrier since 1998!

    I've been a blackberry addict for 8 years. After having to have this blackberry curve replaced 3 times due to equipment failure, Heck yea! I would love to be a phone tester! My thumbs love my blackberry! And since I have "ffs" (fat finger syndrome) & need bifocals, but still very active, I know I could be an asset But Oh man! Androids are looking good.

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    Iberkenbosch 6 years ago from Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Does this really work? If so Im sooo going to test the Iphone5 haha. Check some specs here:

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    Christine Mulberry 7 years ago

    Sounds like great advice, and fun too!

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    Darlene Matthews 7 years ago

    Good information.You can see what phones not to buy also. I just wrote a hub about viewing cell phones specs and video before your buy.

    Check it out please.

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    yhzseoer01 7 years ago from USA

    Very professional, and hope that mobile phone test can easy some.

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    cARL eDWARD 7 years ago

    Possible resource for cell phone tester jobs.

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    JohnJ121 7 years ago

    Getting a phone testing job sounds terrific, I shall check this out, nice one!

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    Steve 7 years ago

    This is a great post, thanks for your thoughts it will be a great help.


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    Nambahu 7 years ago from Cape Town

    Its a good job but how much does it pay? and does 1 have 2 return the phone once the testing phase is complete?

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    Audrevea 8 years ago

    Interesting. I just bought a new smartphone & would never have thought of offering myself up as a tester.

    In a way I think we're all testers until a product has been around for years and years and all the bugs have been worked out ... though these days, technology moves so fast that they don't 'fix' the old version but rebrand and enhance under a new name with extra features (which probably also have little problems). And so it goes ..

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    datatrauma 8 years ago


    I did some cell phone testing about 5 years ago to fill in for someone. I did it for about a month and to be honest it got pretty boring. It was a lot of manually clicking though a selection of phones. Testing procedures more than likely would have changed quite a bit between then and now however its a good entry level job to break into the industry.

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    Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    This is an interesting Hub, especially for people that would like to test new cell phones, and perhaps receive a free unit. Thanks! Thumbs up.

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    jullian 8 years ago

    this seems like something i can do how much does it pay

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    samsungbeholdt919 8 years ago

    sounds like a good job for someone

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    sarah 8 years ago

    It's a really very important process to test a mobile phone before launching for a general public.In these days new and upgraded mobiles are entering into the market constantly and new features of mobiles definitely attract more buyers as well as hobbyist.

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    Love Marmalade 8 years ago from Manchester

    cell phone testing is a bigger thing in the US, whereas limited number of mobile phones come to the UK for testing purposes. By the time they hit the UK, they have already been tested elsewhere.

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    glassrailing 8 years ago

    Hmmm great idea... never thought of that one... thanks for the info... have you had much success getting trials??

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    wsigmund 8 years ago from Port Hueneme CA

    awsome info. Sounds like it could be fun. Ive tested video games before but never cell phones. I just may have to see if i get lucky to do this.

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    privateye2500 8 years ago from Canada, USA, London

    There really is no info in this hub...?