The Secret about Buying a Refurbished Smartphone
For some, buying a refurbished smartphone can be a smart purchase option. Much like buying a used car from a seller who is known for selling quality used cars, buying a used phone from a seller you trust can save you hundreds and provide you the quality you want in a mobile device. These used cars, or used phones alike, offer you a product at a fraction of the cost of buying it new.
Beyond that, you are also doing your part to save our planet. Earth911®. has reported that over 152 million devices are thrown into landfills in one year. Companies who sell refurbished mobile devices are able to restore and re-sell these same devices while substantially reducing environmentally unfriendly materials from entering into our planet’s soil.
These devices are typically considerably cheaper than buying a brand-new device and many companies, like MyWiT®, offer you the latest models just a few months after the device launches to the public. Why should you wait in line to buy an overpriced new device when similar devices can save you up to 60% of the original price by waiting just a few short months?
What to know before you purchase a refurbished phone
Here are just a few things to remember to ensure your refurbished mobile device will provide you with the long-term quality and reliability you deserve:
Be sure the device you purchase has been locally sourced from your home country. This means, if you live in the United States, you want a device that was manufactured for use inside the United States. Many devices are manufactured specifically for the country where they are sold. Buying a device from a far-away land may give you problems. Something as simple as a single missing Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) band may make the device inoperable in certain parts of the country or on newer towers in heavily populated areas. This will end up impacting the strength of your signal and cause you to drop more of your calls. Remember these bands are not universal so first check the model number with your carrier before you purchase any unlocked or overseas sourced smartphones.
Original Equipment Manufacturer ("OEM") Parts.
It’s important that the seller is approved to refurbish the brands they sell and that they use OEM parts to repair their merchandise. This is a critical point because non-OEM parts may not provide the quality and reliability that the brand initially intended for their devices when making the phones. These aftermarket parts could give you issues down the road. Steer clear of non-approved refurbishers.
Also, a non-OEM charger could be problematic. There are many horror stories about chargers that start fires and other potentially dangerous occurrences. Be careful and check the seller’s information for an OEM charger.
Refurbishers in far-away lands typically buy so many devices that they can easily make a beautiful looking device by jumbling several broken phones together. This is what we like to call a frank-n’stein phone because just like the popular monster of yesteryear, these phones may operate for a while but soon parts may begin to wear quickly or even fall off. Watch out for this type of phone.
So, should you need to buy a new-to-you phone, but you don't have a lot to spend, consider buying refurbished. This can provide you a great device at a huge discount. MyWiT’s collection of refurbished cell phones are all tested and inspected by expert technicians. And we ensure you’ll be 100 percent satisfied with your purchases, or your money back (90-day money-back guarantee).
 Source: https://earth911.com/eco-tech/20-e-waste-facts/