A lot of people want to buy a smartphone such as an iphone 4 or 5, but the price of these phones seems just a little bit outside of their reasonable budgets. This is perfectly understandable. The newest technology always sells for a premium, while it is new that is. One should consider the notion of buying a used phone. Many companies specialize in lightly used technology. Some phones sell at a huge discount because the user broke the glass screen and traded them in. After the reseller replaces the glass, the device is just as good as the day that it was purchased.
They Are Not 100% Up To Date
The first thing to consider about used phones is that they will differ just slightly than a brand new one in some respects. Some units might have very minor cosmetic damage. By minor, we are referring to the types of things that typically go unnoticed by the average phone user. In other cases, the battery life will be a bit lower than the battery life of a brand new phone. This is a normal function of electronics batteries. If you were to buy a new phone, your battery’s life would be lessened as well after just a few months of use. There are certain instances in which the reseller has replaced the battery or other components (such as the screen mentioned earlier.) In such cases, the reseller will often be very upfront and let you know exactly what was replaced, because replacing components increases the resell value a bit.
They Cost Less For The Same Technology
The second thing to consider is that buying a used device is economically more wise from an environmental perspective. Most people that would otherwise trade in their phones to a reseller would just as soon toss them in the garbage or send them off to a company that would dispose of them in a fashion that would be almost as bad as tossing them into the garbage. The chemicals inside of one of these devices can leak down through many layers of top and mid soil, doing unimaginable damage to the environment. If you buy a used phone you are participating in a more responsible cycle for the disposal of used electronics. You are saving the environment, as well as a little cash, while you do so!
They Are Flexible
The third thing to consider is all the types of things that one would consider when buying a brand new phone. What providers are available for this particular model? What type of inter-connectivity does the device have? Everything that one would consider when buying a new phone is still entirely relevant here.
It is hoped that these three pieces of advice will help the consumer to more successfully shop for used phones. In most cases, a used phone is just the same as a new one, and buying used phones saves the environment. Keep in mind, that if you bought a new phone, two months later it would be a used one. Why not save a little cash on the front end?
Oliver has been writing about the mobile technology industry for over 6 years. For more information on pre-owned smartphones check out ifixandrepair.com