More affordable, more sustainable and just plain smart, buying a refurbished phone is a savvy choice for anyone who doesn't feel the need to have the latest piece of costly technology in their palm.
The idea of a refurbished phone may have you picturing duct taped cases, scuffed screens and 300 awkward selfies taken by an unknown previous owner - but this is far from the truth...
In reality, refurbished phones are often every bit as good as fresh-out-the-box handsets. You may spot the occasional imperfection and your refurbished handset may not come with all the original accessories, but if you choose a good provider, you'll end up with much more mobile for your money.
Still not convinced? Here are five very good reasons to buy a refurbished phone...
You'll get more for your money
We all know how expensive the latest “must have” smartphones are. A year or so later, they've dropped significantly in price. Refurbished models of recent handsets are far cheaper. This may mean that they've been returned by the original buyer because of a fault or simply sold on to a refurbishment company. In all cases, if you buy from a reputable seller, you'll receive a fully functioning smartphone – often with a warranty.
Whether you choose a solid but slightly outdated refurbished phone (fantastic for quality at a low price) or a more of-the-minute mobile, refurbished options will ensure you get more for your money.
It's better for the planet
From poor working conditions for miners, to the damage collecting smartphone materials does to the environment, our prized gadgets are not Green or environmentally friendly. Buying a refurbished phone is a good way to lessen your negative impact on our planet by preventing at least one perfectly functional phone from winding up in landfill as harmful, wasteful e-waste
You'll feel pretty smug
If you're able to find a quality seller of refurbished phones, who completed thorough checks and repairs before selling the handset, you'll be laughing. Particularly the next time your mate whips out their swanky new smartphone and tells you how much it cost.
You can uncover old favourites
The Nokia 3310 may have had a recent upgrade and re-release, but if you're nostalgic for the real deal, choosing a refurbished phone will give you access to some of the best and best-loved handsets from smartphone history, whether you choose to downsize to reduce the amount of time you pour into your smartphone, or have a favourite model from more recent years.
And you'll worry less about losing or damaging your phone
This is a broken iPhone 7. Not a cheap fix! There are some real bargains to be found when you start searching for refurbished phones which is a real winner for the accident prone. We all have that one friend who has dropped their phone in the toilet at least three times in the last year. Maybe you're that person. Either way, a low cost refurbished handset means there's no need to worry about telephone disasters.
Choose a refurbished phone to spend less on the phone of your choice. From bang up-to-date models, to older, trustier handsets. Our Foneshop offers refurbished models which have been subject to a 30 point “health check” and come with a two year warranty.Browse our refurbished range here
August 10, 2017
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