When you consider that high-end smartphones now regularly come with a price tag in excess of £1000, it’s probably no surprise that the market for second-hand devices is rapidly growing. After all, a professionally refurbished mobile phone can be up to 50% cheaper than buying the same phone brand new.
What is a refurbished smartphone?
A refurbished smartphone is a second-hand mobile device that has been either shipped back to the manufacturer as a return or a trade-in or has been sold by a member of the public to a recycler or high street retailer.
They differ from the used mobile phones you might find on websites such as eBay or Gumtree in that they have usually gone through a thorough function check by the recycler and have had any faulty parts replaced.
Other than perhaps a few dings or scuffs to the casing, a refurbished smartphone should work as good as new and will usually come with warranty protection of up to a year. In this way, a refurbished mobile device is guaranteed to be fully operational and carries with it a level of protection that you probably won’t find from a regular second-hand smartphone.
Should you buy a refurbished smartphone?
With the current trend in increasingly expensive flagship smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung, there’s never been a better time to consider refurbished if you're in the market for a new or upgraded phone. The second-hand mobile market saw an impressive 10% growth in 2018, while the market for newly manufactured devices has shrunk, so if you did decide to buy refurbished, you’d certainly not be alone.
As the interest in refurbished smartphones continues to grow, more phone manufacturers and high street retailers are taking note and increasing their own second-hand device offerings, RueZone.com included! If you’re looking to save some significant money when shopping for a new phone, you should give buying refurbished some serious consideration.
Purchasing a RueZone refurbished smartphone
A RueZone refurbished smartphone can be a great option if you want a high-end model without having to pay a high-end price. As you might imagine, there are lots of models that, if refurbished, should give you years of reliable service. While devices from Apple and Samsung are the most popular (making up over 80% of all refurbished phones sold), there are plenty of other options available from the likes of Google, Huawei, Nokia and HTC.
If you do plan to buy a refurbished smartphone, you couldn't do much better than RueZone! We are a reputable retailer specialising in professionally refurbished smartphones. All our devices have been fully tested and repaired by our in-house engineers. RueZone also offer warranties of up to 12 months on refurbished devices, so it pays to shop with a brand you trust :)