specialist. Many people have started doing this to be more
environmentally conscious. Buying a refurbished phone means less
damage for the environment, but also less damage to your wallet! Will
you be participating in this trend?
What is a refurbished phone exactly?
A refurbished phone is a phone that has been given a second life.
Refurbishing means that the phone has been checked, repaired and
cleaned. The difference between refurbished and second hand is that a
second hand phone is often sold privately, so you can’t know what
happened to the phone. Usually you only find out after a while that the used
phone turns out to have defects. Refurbished is a smart alternative to new,
it is a sustainable option for getting a new phone. Technically, a refurbished
phone is as good as new.
Why have refurbished devices increased in popularity in recent years?
Refurbished phones are becoming increasingly popular. This is because
the prices of new smartphones are increasing. Not everyone is able to buy
a new smartphone that costs more than €1.000. In addition, there are
checks done to see if the refurbished device works properly.
used phone. With a refurbished phone you always receive a two-year
warranty. If there is something wrong with a refurbished phone that you
bought during the warranty period, it will be repaired free of charge and in
some cases you can choose a new refurbished phone.
How is a refurbished phone made?
A refurbished phone is always properly checked and repaired before it gets
sold. A good provider of a refurbished phone will always explain this on the
website. Nowadays, refurbished phones are often checked by robots. This
happens because the human eye cannot see all the shortcomings and
there can also be technical errors that robots discover faster.
The price of a refurbished device is often somewhere between a used and
new device. A refurbished phone can often be up to 50% cheaper than a
new phone. However, the price has a lot to do with how long ago a certain
model was launched. For instance, the first month after the launch of an
iPhone, the refurbished iPhones are hardly cheaper. So it makes sense to
buy a refurbished phone some time after the launch of a new phone. The
longer it has been since the launch of a phone the cheaper the refurbished
phone will be. This applies to all brands.
What are the most popular refurbished phones?
In 2019, over 500,000 refurbished devices were sold including 369.000
iPhones. 1 in 2 Dutch people are considering a refurbished smartphone. At
the moment, iPhones are well liked by consumers. The iPhone 8 and
iPhone X are the most popular refurbished devices. Apple’s products are
not affordable for everyone, but they are in demand. This is evidenced by
the broad interest in the smartphone.
What should you look for when buying a refurbished smartphone?
On the 15th of March 2019, the Keurmerk Refurbished was established in
the Netherlands by Techniek Nederland in collaboration with refurbished
providers Leapp, Renewd and Forza Refurbished. When buying a
refurbished phone, you should look at whether you really benefit from the
purchase. Some providers of refurbished smartphones base the selling
price on the original recommended price of a new one.
It is wise to do research on the provider of the refurbished devices. Check if
there is a KvK-number (Chamber of commerce number) and check the
phone number and email address. But also check for a quality mark so you
know that the store is real.
The condition of the unit is also important. Often the condition of the
appliance is indicated. If this is not the case, it is best to ask. Not all
refurbished products come with a two-year warranty. Always check the terms and conditions. The major suppliers of refurbished devices do always
offer a standard two-year warranty.
Get your phone repaired or buy a refurbished one?
Why buy a new smartphone when you can get your current one repaired
quickly and cheaply? Sustainability is becoming increasingly important to
consumers. It is always better for the environment to buy a refurbished
phone than it would be to buy a new smartphone.
Nowadays there are plenty of options to get your phone repaired cheaply.
The Fixables repairs your phone and within 30 minutes. At The Fixables we
try to promote sustainability because we prolong the life of your
The sustainable choice
A new smartphone requires a lot of raw materials. Producing a new
smartphone consumes more energy than using a smartphone. The
production of smartphones creates CO2 emissions, which have a big
impact on our climate. Cell phones contain all kinds of rare metals. These
rare metals often come from war zones.
The working conditions in which people work are often harsh. For instance,
people are digging for cobalt for smartphones in terrible conditions. The
production of new smartphones is harmful to the environment, as it
releases a lot of greenhouse gases and the waste created is dangerous.
Sustainability plays a more and more important role for consumers and
businesses. The refurbished market is growing a lot. All refurbished
devices are thoroughly checked and are of increasingly better quality. You
would be wise to choose a refurbished device instead of a new one. Not
only are you helping yourself, but you are also doing something good for