We know that hopeful yet divided feeling you get when searching for a new phone. You want something fast, shiny, and beautiful, but you also don’t feel like spending uncomfortably-high full prices on one of those new £1000+ iPhones.
We all want new, but also affordable, something that certainly without-a-doubt works, and something we can be proud of when showing it off or snapping a selfie. We want it all in the palm of our hands, and who says we can’t? (Hint: no one.)
But in your search for the perfect “new” phone, you’ve probably considered refurbished, remanufactured, or even “gently used” phones, or maybe you were worried about their reputation of being scratched, broken, or untrustworthy. While potentially scary to rely on a used phone, the truth is they are quickly becoming a more popular and reliable option for finding the perfect phone, especially as prices on new phones continue to increase year after year.
Though, when shopping online for a hot “new” phone, it’s not as easy as simply picking one out and buying it. You want to make sure you’re asking the right questions to find the right phone at the right price from the right vendor, right? That’s why this article will help you understand what you need to know to explore the new world of old phones.
Plus, we’ll introduce you to the next new thing in used iPhones: Mazuma ReNew. (Spoiler Alert: It’s better for you, better for the Earth, and altogether brilliant.)
New vs. ReNew vs. Refurbished: What’s the Difference?
New phones are expensive, but they don’t need to be that expensive, especially when people often trade in devices that are nearly perfect and trade-in companies are true experts at remanufacturing phones to literally be as good as new. That’s why buying a refurbished phone shouldn’t be scary at all. However, there are still things you need to know when shopping for a used mobile.
Refurbished is a term you’ve heard, but that doesn’t mean it’s the same from one site to the next. It’s neither a standardised nor regulated term, so you have to be careful when buying a refurbished phone from a retailer you’re not familiar with or can easily find out more about.
Whether it’s called refurbished, pre-owned, or something else, it’s most likely a phone that was once sold as new, but was returned or traded in, and is now being sold once again (often at a discount.) Hopefully, somewhere in there, major work was done on the phone to ensure you’re paying for something that will be reliable and functional for a long time.
When it comes to new phone versus refurbished phone, there’s oftentimes not a real difference aside from someone using it before it was cleaned and repaired. Sometimes only one single part needs replacing, like a cracked screen or damaged button, and sometimes it requires a little more work.
You can never know where your refurbished phone came from, but remember: software can easily be upgraded for speed and accessibility, data can and should be wiped, and screens and casings can easily be replaced for a clean, non-scratched or damaged exterior. That’s why a refurbished phone can be such a wonderful deal when purchased through a dependable retailer.
And, with Mazuma Mobile specifically, one of the best parts of a remanufactured phone is you’re not limited to a one particular network or locked into a contract. Unlike most retailers whose phones are locked to networks, restricting your choices, all of Mazuma’s phones are unlocked and network free so they can work with any network.
However, going beyond refurbished phones, there’s an absolutely appealing option that takes you even closer to new within the world of Apple iPhones.
It’s Mazuma’s ReNew.
Mazuma ReNew devices are created through a regulated and guaranteed process you can trust, ensuring reliability, functionality, and quality through a complete internal and external rebuild. In this proprietary process, used iPhones are not just cleaned up and repaired where needed. They’re completely overhauled, taken apart by hand, cleaned, upgraded with the proper manufacturer parts, and thoroughly tested, reconditioned, and packaged by the Mazuma team to get you the Iphone you’ve been wanting at a price you’re sure to love.
It’s a huge step forward in the remanufacturing and re-selling of Apple devices, as close to new as possible, an evolution of mobile devices that no other company in the world can match. Seriously. And, Mazuma Mobile is currently working to expand beyond iPhones to even more ReNewed mobile devices, from Samsung to Google and everywhere in between, so if you’re in the market, stay on the lookout!
What to Consider When Shopping ReNew & Refurbished:
Whether you’re shopping ReNew or Refurbished phones with Mazuma or anywhere else, there are certainly some tips to consider in order to ensure you’re buying a reliable device.
- Only buy from a reputable store. If you’ve heard of them, seen their clever adverts 😉 and can easily check a large number of reviews, they’re more reliable. If you’ve never heard of them and can’t easily find their reviews, they’re probably hiding something.
- Look for stores that own and operate their own refurbishing processes. If they do the work themselves, they can guarantee quality workmanship. And when they’re proud of their work, you know it will be a phone you’re proud to carry every day.
- In terms of guaranteed workmanship, only buy from a retailer that offers a minimum of a 12-month warranty. Some offer 90 days, some offer no warranty at all. If it’s anything less than a year, they likely don’t trust their own products. Therefore you shouldn’t either.
- If the price is too good to be true, it is. Refurbished phones will be cheaper than new ones, but they won’t be a steal.
Now you’re ready to find the perfect used phone while also saving some cash? Just remember to use our tips to be sure you get a phone you can trust, and you can get started here.