Should you buy a refurbished smartphone?

If a refurbished smartphone has caught your eye, you’re probably asking yourself whether or not you should buy one.

Last updated: 17th Oct 2018 at 1:26pm

Let’s take a look at the world of refurbished smartphones, including their benefits, savings and of course the sim-only deals that will bring them to life, so you can figure out if buying a refurbished smartphone is the right option for you!

What are refurbished smartphones?

It is easy to get the terms ‘used’ and ‘refurbished’ confused and so this is where we will begin:

A used smartphone - This mobile phone has been used by someone else and is now being sold as second hand. The phone is in an as-is condition, so just like a used car, it may have many miles on the clock or break down tomorrow. The truth is no one knows, so you purchase them at your own risk.

A refurbished smartphone - A refurbished mobile phone is different altogether. Unlike a used phone, refurbished phones are tested and repaired if necessary. A refurbished smartphone is usually sold with at least a 12-month warranty, so if any issues arise you are protected like any consumer who purchased a brand new phone.

Now, you may be wondering where refurbished phones come from... They are often phones that have been returned within 14 days because the consumer changed their mind. They can also be phones that developed a fault and were returned to the original seller on this basis. Either way, the original seller cannot resell the phone as new, so off it goes for testing and re-branding as a refurbished handset.

No matter whether they were an unwanted gift or developed a fault, the important thing to remember is that you are protected by the stated warranty, so keep your receipt if you buy one.

The benefits of buying a refurbished smartphone

The biggest benefit of buying a refurbished smartphone is price. You can really save some big money here. You might be able to get a nice discount off of one of the latest mobile phones. However, the biggest savings can be made by purchasing a phone that has just been replaced by this year’s model.

You might find last year’s Apple iPhone refurbished with up to half price off. Or, maybe you are looking for a recent Samsung Galaxy smartphone that you simply could not afford from new.

What to look out for when buying a refurbished smartphone

When you buy a refurbished smartphone, you will need to know that it is compatible with the sim-card that you intend to use. Some phones are locked to the network that they were originally sold on, although this is becoming less common. Chances are, your refurbished phone will be fine to use with one of Asda Mobile’s SIM cards.

You can look out for a refurbished phone that is described as unlocked or handset only. You could also try your Asda Mobile sim card in the phone to see if it works.

In many ways, it makes sense to get your sim card first, and then buy the refurbished smartphone. This way, you can check that the smartphone works on the network you want to use. If you insert your sim card and are asked for a code, an unlock code, a network key or if the phone shows no signal or emergency calls only, then the phone may not be compatible.

Asda Mobile sim-only

If you have bought or are buying a refurbished smartphone, then the Asda Mobile sim-only card is a purchase that makes a lot of sense. Asda Mobile offers extremely competitive prices and with a sim-only and a refurbished smartphone, you are not tied into a long contract commitment.

You can pop your Asda Mobile sim card into the phone and enjoy the low costs associated with a 30-day pay as you go plan. All you need to do is you buy a top-up that gives you a certain amount of minutes, texts and data for the month. Call 2732 from your Asda Mobile phone to set this up!

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