We can all admit it — cell phones are a large investment. The newer the model, the more money you are bound to put down. And although cell phone providers offer payment plans for your new phone, it still can hurt your wallet.
If your phone is damaged beyond repair and you need a replacement, why not purchase a refurbished phone? Refurbished phones are much less expensive than a newer model and can work just as well.
Or do they? Let’s take a look at refurbished phones and if it’s worth the investment.
What’s the Difference Between Refurbished and Used Phones?
Despite what you may think, refurbished phones are not the same as used phones. Unlike that used phone that was handed down from your aunt, a refurbished phone has gone through a thorough inspection process. Every feature on the phone goes through rigorous testing and if something isn’t working properly, it’s repaired. All data on the phone is wiped away as if the phone came straight from the factory. In some cases, refurbished phones will come with a limited warranty.
Not so with that used phone. Usually sold as-is, it may still have the previous owner’s data on the phone. And who knows what may be wrong with the phone! Plus, no warranty.
So if you want to purchase a previously owned phone, go for the refurbished model.
Is Buying a Refurbished Phone Worth It?
Knowing what a refurbished phone, you may still be asking the question, “Why should I buy one?” Sure, we all want the latest and greatest model, but there are several advantages to buying a refurbished phone.
It Saves Money
As we’ve already mentioned, you’ll save money by purchasing a refurbished phone. These phones can be hundreds of dollars cheaper than that new iPhone you’ve been eying. Plus, with the advantage of a warranty, you’ll be protected in case something should happen.
The Technology is Known
A new phone generally comes with new technology. It takes time to learn this technology and can lead to frustration. But a refurbished phone probably has the same technology you’ve been using all along. No learning curve is needed!
You Protect the Environment
As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog, cell phones are made with approximately 30 rare elements that are depleting at an alarming rate. By purchasing a refurbished cell phone, you’re preventing another cell phone from going into the landfill.
Know What You’re Purchasing
Ok, you’re convinced. You want to purchase a refurbished phone. But before you do, you need to know what you’re getting into. Keep these tips in mind:
- Shop with a reputable company that offers a warranty. If there’s no warranty with the phone, consider another retailer.
- Do a little research to see which is the right model for you. Maybe you want the same model that you’re replacing. Or maybe you’re going with a newer model. Know what you want to buy.
- And if technical problems should arise, make sure you ask the retailer about the returns policy.
Remember, not every company refurbishes phones the same way. So you want to make sure you’re buying from a reputable supplier, such as iDropped. At our new Steamtown Mall location, we have a range of refurbished phones for sale. If you’re interested in purchasing a refurbished phone, contact your closest iDropped store to see if we have any available, or stop by the store!