Some Things You May Not Know About Used and Refurbished Cell Phones

When I mention to one of my family members or friends that I would only buy a refurbished or slightly used cell phone they look at me like I may be crazy. I just do not understand why, since people buy pre-owned, refurbished and other already used large ticket items such as cars, laptops and other electronics all the time. What is the big deal about buying a previously used phone that looks like new, costs a lot less money, and works the same as the new phone you just paid 3 times the money for? I could have purchased 3 different refurbished phones for the price of what a new cell phone costs.

In this article, I have put together some reasons why I would personally buy a pre-owned, refurbished, or slightly used cell phone.

Reason #1 – Insurance replacement cell phones are in almost all cases refurbished cell phones. People who replace their broken cell phone under their cell phone companies insurance plan almost always receive a previously used, refurbished cell phone. So if you have previously replaced your phone under a cell phones insurance plan, chances are you have already used a refurbished cell phone.

Reason #2 – Save a ton of cash! Well obviously the cost of a pre-owned anything is generally going to cost less, but people do not realize the large amount you can save by buying used or refurbished. Generally the price of buying a refurbished cell phone over a brand new one from your cell phone store will save you 33% or more! That same phone in slightly used (preloved) condition will on average save you 50% or more over its brand new counterpart. These are some tough times… I would rather keep my hard earned cash in my pocket for travel or for doing something else fun. Sure you can save a lot at the end of your 2 year contract when you are eligible for an upgrade, but the average person replaces their phone every 18 months. Kind of ironic o the cell phone companies to make your contract every 24 months, don’t you think?

Reason #3 – A lot of sellers online sell refurbished cell phones as “new”. Most people can not tell the difference between a refurbished cell phone and a new one. This goes back to reason #1 with the insurance companies. You probably had a refurbished cell phone in the past and did not even know about it. The honest people who actually advertise their phones as refurbished generally sell the phones for less money. The ones advertised as new are in fact refurbished and the seller banks on the customer not knowing the difference.

Reason #4 – The impacts on the environment are devastating. As with any electronic device out there, technology improves and at some point you end up throwing away your device and replace it with a brand new one. With just cell phones alone, upwards of 100,000,000 (one hundred million) cell phones end up in landfills each and every year. Just think about all the 3rd world countries who are growing and are just beginning to use cel phone Could you imagine if more and more people purchased a slightly used or refurbished cell phone? Most people do not know how to fix phones so they just toss it away not realizing that most of the issues with phones can easily be fixed and there are literally millions of people out there that purchase used and refurbished phones every year. The number of people purchasing refurbished cell phones is growing drastically with companies like AT&T selling their refurbished cell phones on their website.

Reason #5 – Technology has not really changed that much with cell phones in the past 5 years. Well maybe it has with the launch of the iPhone and Blackberry cell phones and what not but even then you can get a used or refurbished version for way less money! I personally do not know what I would do without my Blackberry cell phone. I used it to email, txt friends and family, watch you tube videos, surf the net, check sports scores, listen to music (check out “slacker radio” – its amazing!), use it as my alarm clock, plan meetings, etc, etc, etc. I can go on for a long time, but you get the point. Any of the features I just mentioned you can find a refurbished or previously owned version. Once again, saving you a ton of your hard earned cash.

I could list many other reasons as to why buying a used or refurbished cell phones just makes sense, but I think these 5 reasons should get my point across. When buying your next cell phone, would you now consider buying a used or refurbished phone?