Students – new or refurbished phones?

Nowadays, smartphones are used every day by billions of people. Devices that serve as cameras, phones and even portable computers have become an integral aspect of people’s lives. Today, there are plenty of devices from various manufacturers available to consumers on the market. However, not everyone has the budget to buy a new model of a smartphone, which can go as high as $1,500. In such cases, you might opt for a used device or a refurbished one.

But what exactly is a refurbished smartphone? Simply put, it’s a device that broke down or had a built-in fault but was eventually repaired and brought back into working order. Interestingly, people oftentimes shun at refurbished devices, believing it will most likely break down again.

However, the fact of the matter is that a refurbished device is more likely to serve your purposes than a used smartphone. That being said, here are a few advantages and disadvantages of refurbished phones.

What to look out for:

When choosing a refurbished phone, it’s important to consider who refurbished it in the first place. There are many re-sellers that offer refurbished devices, ranging from manufacturers themselves to third-party retailers. If the device was refurbished by a professional, good chances are that device will be of “as good as new” quality.

On the other hand, if it was refurbished by an unknown repair mechanic, chances are that the device can go either way. That’s why it’s important to ask around before you make your final decision.

Benefits of refurbished smartphones:

Purchasing a refurbished device has the potential to turn into a great deal. Depending on the device itself and the seller you bought it from (as well as the person or people behind the refurbishing process), you may get a device that’s practically new and untouched by the initial buyer.

Those cases include a smartphone with a factory fault during manufacturing or a phone that experienced a break down shortly after it was bought.  Aside from all that, there are some additional advantages to buying a refurbished device.

  • The price – One of the main advantages of a refurbished device is the discount price. Depending on the manufactures, devices vary in price in regard to their initial launching price. That means that some smartphones are affordable, while others are quite expensive. Still, if you purchase a refurbished smartphone, such as one of Sony refurbished phones, you get a lower price for a good device that was already affordable to begin with.
  • Eco-friendly – Buying a refurbished device means you’ve also bought a recycled device. In other words, using a refurbished phone means one less device laying around on a garbage dump somewhere.
  • Quality – Another great feature of refurbished smartphones is their quality. Even though a device might have had some defect initially, it doesn’t mean that the defect is still there. You’ll get to enjoy your phone and its qualities to their fullest potential and go through the device’s lifetime without encountering any issues at all.

Disadvantages of refurbished devices

Unless you’re buying a new smartphone, in the first place, any other deal has risks involved. It’s no secret that you might get a faulty refurbished device or that you’ll get scammed. It’s just the way things are with such deals. Aside from those risks, there are a few more downsides to buying a refurbished smartphone.

  • Warranty issues – New phones come with a one or two-year warranties, as well as free services during that period. As for the refurbished device, your warranty will last depending on the seller. In most cases, anywhere between a week and a couple of months is a standard warranty for refurbished devices. If something should go wrong after that period expires, you’re stuck with a faulty smartphone and will have to pay for additional repairs.
  • Lack of spare parts – Nowadays, when manufacturers release a new version of their smartphones, they soon shut down support for the old ones. That means that old spare parts won’t be manufactured or sold on the market anymore. Therefore, if your refurbished device experiences any hardware issues, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find any spare parts.
  • Refurbished doesn’t mean new –  Even though you might find a refurbished device that’s as good as new, it doesn’t mean it’s brand new. Keep in mind that these devices required refurbishing in the first place. Therefore, the old defect may return, or new defects may arise. Also, there could be potential problems that simply haven’t been discovered yet. Unfortunately, the primary goal of smartphone manufacturers these days is speed in the market and sales, not the quality of the product itself. Therefore, if a device was faulty to begin with, there are good chances that it will break down again eventually.

Purchasing a refurbished phone is a good opportunity to get the device you need at a lower price. However, every used or defected device is no longer as viable as the new one, which means there’s always a risk when buying it. In the end, it comes down to the research and your willingness to take such risks when buying a used phone.

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Luke Douglas

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