Why You Should be Buying a Refurbished Phone?

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Let’s say you’re in the market for a new device. However, making that decision and researching options can often be daunting and overwhelming. A brand new smartphone isn’t exactly cheap. It can also feel discouraging to buy a brand new phone only to see a new model released shortly afterward.You also don’t want to sign up on a phone plan that sets you on the path toward paying off a phone for the next two years.

If any of these thoughts have occurred to you, you may want to consider buying a refurbished phone.

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What does “refurbished” mean?

It might be helpful to first review what a refurbished smartphone entails.

A refurbished phone is typically a used device that’s been tested for issues and repaired or reconditioned as needed to return it to its full functioning self. Trained technicians will inspect the device to ensure that it’s in complete working order before it’s listed to be sold, as if it’s been ordered straight from the manufacturer. Refurbished products are often graded to show if they have any exterior damage or signs of wear, such as chips and scratches.

Often, when you purchase a refurbished device, you won’t receive it in its original packaging or with any other accessories, such as headphones, that were originally sold with it. However, so long as you buy from a reputable source, you can rest assured that your phone will function like-new.

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Benefits of Refurbished Smartphones

Now that you understand what it is, it’s time to determine if buying a refurbished cell phone is the right decision for you. Here are some of the benefits of purchasing a refurbished product.

  1. Cost

One of the most popular reasons for purchasing a refurbished smartphone is the less expensive cost than buying it directly from the manufacturer. Understandably, it can be a hard decision to choose between various models of cell phones that don’t seem to have many differences. And if you’re purchasing a phone for a child, who may be prone to losing or breaking gadgets, it might be even harder to convince yourself to pay full price. This is where buying refurbished may make the most sense. You’ll be able to buy your kid a refurbished phone and not worry (as much) if they do happen to drop or lose the phone. It might also be an opportunity to buy a less expensive lower graded product in case you’re worried they might scuff or scratch their phone.

  1. Reliability

If you happen to prefer one model of phone over another, buying it refurbished is a great way to hold onto a preferred device for a longer amount of time rather than feeling the pressure to update to the newest iPhone or Android model. Maybe you prefer the size of an iPhone SE compared to new, larger models, or perhaps you like the way you intuitively understand your Samsung Galaxy 5’s keyboard. If your favorite device kicks the bucket, a refurbished product will allow you to purchase it again and remain comfortable. This is especially helpful for older customers who aren’t used to ever-changing technology and prefer their tried and true device. Plus, if you aren’t fazed by being the most technologically up-to-date person in your circle of friends, then a refurbished phone may be your best bet.

  1. Environmentally Friendly

Unfortunately, if a phone isn’t being used and is no longer seen as profitable to a company, there’s a chance that it’s been discarded into a landfill. While many electronics companies have moved toward recycling old products, reusing it as many times as possible will save energy and resources. Refurbished products ensure that there’s more devices being put back on the shelves and sold instead of taking space in the ground or discarded earlier than needed.

  1. Warranty

Many refurbished products have warranties to protect you in case the device fails or has some sort of bug develop. Whether you’ve purchased it through the manufacturer or a third-party retailer, there will be some sort of guarantee; however, the amount of time and what the policy allows for can vary. It’s important to look into what the policy is so you know how to proceed if the product develops any issues. Additionally, you may want to do your research beforehand so you know if the device you’re planning to buy is prone to a specific type of issue.

A refurbished smartphone is a great way to save money while also getting a quality product.  Regardless of what you decide, it’s important to do your research into the phone, as well as, the company selling the refurbished phone you want to buy.


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