What Is a Refurbished Phone?

Let Trademore break down some of the defining factors of a refurbished phone and some of the pros and cons to consider if you’re interested in purchasing one. Refurbished phones can sometimes get a bad rap, but we’re here to share some of the reasons why it might be a viable option if you’re on the market for a new phone.

What is a refurbished phone?

A refurbished phone is a phone that has been previously owned and returned to a retailer or carrier. The phone may have needed a small repair, such as a display fix, or the phone could have been in mint condition but the owner wanted another model. In cases where a phone needed a small repair, the retailer would have likely resolved the issue and resold the phone as a “refurbished” device.

What does it mean if a phone is refurbished by a manufacturer?

This kind of refurbishing implies exactly what you might think. This device has been sent back to the manufacturer for any fixes on the body of the phone or technical repairs. Of course, even if the phone has not been sent back to the manufacturer and it has been sent to a third party, it can still be a great option.

Benefits of shopping for a refurbished phone

If you’re not looking to pay big bucks on a new phone or setting up a payment plan for a phone with a carrier, going the refurbished phone route is a great option. The only difference between buying new and refurbished is that a refurbished phone has had some light use. That being said, a refurbished phone should work like a new phone would.

Some important things to keep in mind when going refurbished is to try to acquire knowledge about previous issues, if any, with the phone. Read the fine print of the manufacturer or carrier when purchasing to make sure you understand if there are any warranties on the device or additional information you should be aware of.

Ultimately, buying a refurbished phone is a smart way to save money on a new device. Interested in a refurbished phone? Check out our selection of certified devices and see how much you can save on your next phone.

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