What is a refurbished phone and why would you consider buying one? When looking for a new phone contract there are great deals available on phones that may never have been used, refurb mobile phones offer a cheaper option as a way of buying an up to date smart phone. Refurbished mobile phones are phones that have been returned to a mobile phone provider by a customer who bought them within the seven-day money back guarantee. The refurbished mobile phones will all have been inspected and tested by a qualified engineer before they are repackaged and made available on refurb mobile phones contracts.
So what is different with a refurbished mobile? Very little, in fact the packaging should be all you notice as being different, the phones all come with a full 12-month manufacturer’s mobile d’occasion pas cher warranty and include the standard handset, battery, charger and manual accessories although other accessories may not be included.
Due to the nature of returns, refurbished mobiles are not always available to customers and are often out of stock. If you contact a mobile phone provider they will be able to tell you when a specific model becomes available with the option to confirm or cancel so act quickly if you see a deal for a phone you like and snap it up.
Refurbished mobile options include both pay as you go and contract phones and can be a very good way of getting hold of a more advanced phone such as the iPhone 3GS at a competitive price. O2 offers refurbished iPhone 3GS handsets starting at £25 per month for the cheapest deal with the 8 GB version offering 100 minutes of talk time, unlimited texts and up to 500 MB of data per month. Compared to a non-refurbished mobile you save the phone price of around £130.
In addition to the major money saving refurbished phones are sometimes offered with free gift deals, for example Orange’s refurbish mobile the Pink Blackberry 8310 Curve offers gifts ranging from £160 immediate cash back, a free Apple iPod 8 GB, a refurbished Sony PS3 Slim games console, a free Wii with Wii Sports Resort. Other possible gifts include TVs such as the 22 inch Toshiba HD TV, a free XBox 360 with 250 GB of storage, a free Nintendo DS or 11 months of the phone contract for free.
The range of gifts is broad, for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini the Orange Dolphin 35 contract offers 700 minutes of Anytime Any Network minutes with unlimited text and 500 MB of data allowance per month for no initial fee and a contract cost of £28 per month. You can get a free Xbox with Kinect technology and Kinect Adventures, or alternatively a Binatone 7 inch Android tablet, a PlayStation Move starter pack or alternatively 9 months of your contract for free.