Refurbished Cell Phone: A Good Idea?

Reasons Refurbished Might Be Your Best Option

Here are three reasons you might want to buy a refurbished cell phone. First…savings. Refurbished phones are sold at discounted prices.

Second, refurbished phones are rigorously tested and restored to like-new condition (may have minor scratches). They’re put through a multipoint inspection/service/repackaging process by Best Buy's Geek Squad, the manufacturer or a third-party refurbishment company, making it unlikely that you will experience any malfunctions. You’re not getting cheap phones. You’re getting top quality, slightly used phones that have often been returned to a like-new condition.

Finally, purchasing a refurbished phone is environmentally friendly because, as a recycled product, it stays out of landfills and doesn’t contribute to environmental damage.

Guaranteed Satisfaction on Refurbished Phones

Browsing phones across the selection of all iPhones, Android and Windows models? Consider a refurbished option. All refurbished products sold by Best Buy, including used smartphones, AT&T refurbished phones, Verizon refurbished phones, and other carrier phones come with a warranty…usually 90 days on parts and labor (see product specifications for details). Many come with accessories (original or comparable substitutes) and are covered by Best Buy’s Return & Exchange Promise, plus your purchase may be eligible for My Best Buy Points.

Should You Choose a Locked or Unlocked Refurbished Phone?

The short answer is…it depends. Refurbished phones are available either way. Physically, the only difference between locked and unlocked phones is a hidden software setting. Locked phones can only be used with the carrier’s cellular network, and unlocked phones are not carrier-specific and can be used on any compatible cellular network without a service contract, making them ideal for use outside the U.S.

At Best Buy, you'll also find a variety of new accessories that can help you customize your refurbished phone to best fit your lifestyle. A protective case and screen cover are a must for keeping your device in good working order. Consider a mobile hotspot to extend your connectivity while on-the-go, or shop for prepaid minutes for a no-contract phone.

If you are a fan of the latest and greatest tech, you don’t have to rule out refurbished products. Many of the refurbished phones available at Best Buy are the latest generation models. Not sure what type of new tech to buy? Check out our Tech News to learn about the coolest new tech available.