What Is The Difference Between Used And Refurbished Phones?

Prices for phones continue to soar with every new release, and now more and more people are choosing to purchase a previously owned phone.


There are a ton of benefits to both yourself and the planet by choosing to buy an old phone rather than a new one.


Previously owned phones are most commonly referred to as used phones or refurbished phones.


However, not many people realise there are some key differences between a refurbished phone and a used phone.


There is quite an important difference between the two and, as a consumer, it is important for you to understand what those differences are. This will help you make an informed decision on what type of phone you buy.

What Is A Refurbished Phone?


A refurbished phone refers to a previously owned phone that has been sold/donated to a business that specialises in repairing tech before selling them on. Refurbished phones are rigorously tested and have to meet certain requirements before they can be sold on. This benefits you, the consumer, and the business.


Refurbished phones will be repaired to their former glory should it have any faults, however, it isn’t rare to see phones come in with minor damage.


Previous owners tend to sell their old phones to companies like UR or even back to the phone company once they've upgraded. This helps to ensure the phone is given a new lease of life and doesn't end up in landfill. 


How Does A Used Phone Differ From A Refurbished Phone?



Simply put, a used phone hasn’t been tested or repaired as a refurbished phone has. This doesn’t mean that buying a used phone is a bad idea. Both refurbished and used phones have a huge pact in reducing waste and therefore have huge environmental benefits.


However, buying a used phone is seen as a much riskier endeavor. There are plenty of used phones that function as normal. Yet, you have a chance of buying a phone that needs repairs. All of which will come out of your pocket, as used phones don’t tend to come with a warranty as refurbished phones do.

Which Is The Better Option: A Refurbished Or Used Phone?


Straight off the bat, we’d recommend choosing a refurbished over a used phone where possible. You then at least know what you’re buying and know it will last. Refurbished phones also come with a warranty and all the cables you may need as standard, similar to that of a new phone but for a much cheaper price. 


Used phones can be a cheaper option, and if you’re willing to risk it may leave you better off. However, you will need to be more careful where you buy from and always remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!