Refurbished phones are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. According to new research from CCS Insight, a huge 60% of UK smartphone consumers are considering buying a refurbished handset.
Why Refurbished Phones?
Firstly, consumers are motivated to choose a refurbished device to save money, as flagship devices are becoming more and more expensive. How many of us can justify spending £1000 on a phone? The majority of devices also have similar (if not the same) features and fail to market themselves as unique and innovative devices. For this reason, people are willing to buy an older device and they don’t feel as though they’re missing out on much by not getting the newest device. There’s also a growing interest nationwide in pursuing sustainability, and buying a refurbished phone is an easy way to reduce your environmental impact.
Should I Buy a Refurbished Phone?
There are several reasons why buying a refurbished phone is a great option. Firstly, there’s the obvious: saving money. You can save up to 20% on the latest iPhones, or up to 40% on 1-2-year-old devices. You can also choose between ‘good’ or ‘very good’ in terms of condition, and if you choose ‘good’ this will get you an even cheaper handset.
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Refurbished devices have the same functionality as brand-new, the only difference is cosmetic condition. While you get a refurbished device in perfect working order no matter the grade you pick, you can save more money from choosing a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ device which might show some mild wear and tear. You can choose phones which have an even better cosmetic appearance and will look almost brand-new. If you choose ‘pristine’, this will get you a device which has no signs of use. You can even go a step further and find a ‘new’ device which comes in the original box, is in perfect condition and has unused accessories included. There’s also the quality assurance side of it, meaning that after a series of tests, faults that the device got from the previous owner will be fixed.
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As mentioned before, refurbished devices are better for the environment. Refurbished phones are products which have been recycled, i.e. they have not been left as e-waste on a landfill site. Keeping these devices in circulation means that they will continue to be useful and won't become harmful to the planet.
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It is simpler than ever before to trade in old phones. All you need to do is go to our Sell My Phone page to put your device on the market and use our Refurbished Mobile Phones page to find a refurbished device. Don't forget, you can include refurbished devices in the phone contracts search as well.
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