What is a refurbished phone?
You may also know them as refreshed or reconditioned phones. Put simply, a refurbished mobile phone once belonged to someone else but has been restored to its factory settings and given a thorough check and repair.
There are all kinds of reasons why someone would have got rid of the phone, such as:
- The phone had a fault and needed to be sent back (and it’s now been fixed)
- The owner upgraded to a new phone and recycled or sold their old one
- The owner changed their mind a few days after buying the phone and sent it back
- It was a company phone which isn’t needed any more
And so on.
Are refurbished phones any good?
Refurbished phones differ from ‘used’ or second-hand models in that they’ve been checked over and tested by an independent party. You’re not just buying someone’s used and scratched-up mobile – instead you’ll get a phone which has been sent away, repaired, wiped clean, had its OS reinstalled from scratch, and thoroughly tested.
Nonetheless, some refurbished phones will certainly have a ‘used’ appearance, whether that’s just a scratch or two or some more intense signs of wear.