Do refurbished phones compromise on quality?

A question that often pops into peoples minds. Do cheap phones lose out on quality? Or is it just a common misconception?

Well, the reality is, there’s no straight forward answer to that. Because what counts as quality is entirely down to the eyes of the user. If you describe the quality as “Production Quality” then some phones are already a lost cause. But if you count quality as reliability and visual looks then there is a way to measure.

As a seller of Refurbished phones, we thought we’d give you an insight on whether buying refurbished means you’ll have to compromise on quality or not. It is, of course, important we stress right away that this article will be completely unbiased and factual.

First of all, there are a few things you need to consider.


  1. What is your budget?


    This is one of the most important questions you’ve got to ask yourself as this will, ultimately, be the deciding factor on what condition phone you’ll end up getting. Refurbished phones are one of the most cost-effective ways you’ll get a great quality phone, but at a lower price compared to buying brand new.



  2. What model?



    In most cases, you’ll be able to find even the latest phones such as the iPhone X and Galaxy S9+ at nearly 40% off their high street retail price when buying refurbished.



  3. What condition?


    This, really, is the deciding factor. Choosing what condition you want your phone to be wont just affect what quality you’ll get, but also what price you’ll end up paying. Most refurbished phones range from ‘good condition’ which is noticeable wear with the odd scratch and stuff, but nothing too bad. All the way up to Grade A & Pristine which are essentially ‘Like-New’ devices with no signs of use on them what so ever.


From a personal opinion, I bought a Galaxy S9+ 128GB model from our store here at Quick Mobile Fix and even I was surprised at its condition. There was not one single make on the bezel, screen or rear cover what so ever. Not even the ports at the bottom of the phone had any signs of dust or use. I was utterly blown away at how I had essentially got a brand new phone, for just under half the price of a new one.

Even those chaps over at PocketLint agree that buying refurbished don’t compromise on quality, so what’s stopping you?

See our wide range of high-quality refurbished phones here

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