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Everything You Need to Know About Refurbished Cell Phones
06 Dec 17
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Everything You Need to Know About a Refurbished Cell Phone

South Africa is no stranger to the refurbished cell phones wave. Ever since the idea reached our shores, many South Africans have benefitted from the lower price and good quality. Not everyone is as clued up about this alternative to buying a brand new or contract cell phone so let us take you through everything you need to know about it. 

What are Refurbished Cell Phones? 

A refurbished cell phone is one that considered ‘used’ or Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) and has been tested, fixed and cleaned in order to make it look and function as though it were a new phone. It will often come with a form of warranty that lasts between 3 to 12 months depending on the retailer and will cost considerably less than a brand new phone. A refurbished cell phone is different to a used phone, in that used phones are sold as is, no fixes or replacements of parts have been done and it won’t include a warranty. 

How is it Refurbished? 

In order to be considered a refurbished cell phone, everything that takes away from it functioning or looking like new must be addressed, fixed or replaced as needed. Once this is done, the cell phone and all functioning parts must be tested to ensure that everything is in good working order. If the cell phone passes these tests, it is then cleaned meticulously to ensure that the inside matches the outside in terms of quality and aesthetics. After all this is said and done the cell phone is officially considered as being refurbished and ready for sale. 

Where can Refurbished Cell Phones be purchased? 

Fortunately in South Africa, the benefits of refurbished cell phones has been recognised so there are a number of reputable retailers that sell them. At Phonefinder, we’ve come across one such retailer called Techexchange who don’t just provide good value for money refurbished cell phones, they also have demo cell phones, data deals and accessories available for purchase. Based in Johannesburg, Techexchange also offers credit options through Mobicred, so that everyone has an opportunity to get connected. 

Can you sell your old cell phone as Refurbished? 

You could but that would mean a lot of time and money being spent. You would need to go through the processes associated with refurbishing a cell phone, which for an everyday consumer can become an expensive exercise. Most people that sell their old or unused cell phones, do so on an "as is” basis or like we say in SA "voetstoots”, for this exact reason.


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