What Are Reconditioned Phones?


Reconditioned phones are cellphones, iPhones, or other mobile devices that are refurbished, cleared of memory and re-sold on the market as a used device. Many reconditioned phones are refurbished by the phone companies themselves; this is so the phone company can resell the item at factory level but at a cheaper price. Other programs exist where a vendor reconditions the phone and resells it at their business.


  • One benefit of a reconditioned phone is that it is cheaper. Whether it is the phone company, such as AT&T, or a private firm, such as Best Buy, the phones tend to be cheaper than new phones. Many companies argue that the consumer helps the environment by buying reconditioned phones. This is because the company does not need to produce another phone to be sold on the market, reducing the company's, as well as the consumer's, carbon footprint.

Extra Warranties

  • Reconditioned phones, through the manufacturer, are also given a 90-day warranty. Manufacturers do their best to fix old phones that are returned to them through reconditioning programs. However, old problems may come back within a short period of time when the consumer buys the reconditioned phone. The 90-day warranty is a standard warranty that most phone manufacturers give if any defect, new or old, comes up after the consumer buys the phone.

Complete Restructuring

  • Many consumers may be hesitant to jump toward a reconditioned phone. However, all manufacturer-based reconditioned phones are often completely restructured. This may include a brand new casing for the used phone or a new microprocessor. Consumers working through a third-party vendor, such as Amazon or Best Buy, will also find phones like this, as long as the vendor verifies that the phone is manufacturer-reconditioned. This can come in the form of a website logo stating it's verified or has a verification form that comes with the phone when it is purchased.


  • Some large vendors are able to recondition the phones themselves. These vendors may include Amazon or Best Buy who have the resources to replace parts to an old phone to bring it up to factory standards. However, consumers should be careful about smaller vendors that claim they are selling a reconditioned phone. Many small vendors might not have the resources to completely recondition the phone. When a consumer purchases such a phone, the original defects may show up immediately. Consumers are always advised to go for a long warranty program, such as 90 days, in order to be safe from defects.

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