We all know how exciting it is to get a new phone. Despite the ever-escalating prices, you know the investment will be worth it because your new phone will come with the latest software and won’t cause you any problems in the near future.
Depending on where you bought your new phone, the question of whether it’s new or refurbished may arise.
Before buying a phone, or after receiving one you bought online – one of the first things you should do is check to see if it’s refurbished or new.
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If you buy a new Android or iPhone from an online seller, you might be buying a refurbished phone without knowing it. A refurbished phone is when the original owner returns the device to the manufacturer for repair and restoration with a new battery, SIM card, and all the latest software updates.
How good is a refurbished phone?
Buying a refurbished phone isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Most refurbished phones typically cost less than half the price of a new device. return,appleandSamsungMake sure certified refurbished models are rigorously tested before being sold.
For the most part, they come with the same one-year limited warranty as new phones. Plus, buying a refurbished phone instead of brand new can reduce your carbon footprint, resulting in less CO2 emissions.
That being said, refurbished phones are still more prone to failure, so it becomes even more important to know if you’re buying one. Sadly, that won’t stop some repair shops or online sellers from trying to do you a quick fix and sell you a refurbished model that they claim is brand new for the same price.
The good news is – it’s not hard to find out if you’ve sold refurbished equipment.
How can I tell if the phone I want to buy is a refurbished phone?
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1. Does the box match the phone?
An easy way for iPhone and Android users to check if their device is refurbished is to make sure their new phone arrives in a box that matches the device it came with. Online sellers often offer boxed and packaged contents of refurbished equipment.
2. Double-check the exterior of your phone
Another easy way is to hold the phone up to the light and look for any dents or scratches. Minimal markings may indicate that you bought a refurbished phone. Even if your phone arrived in its original packaging and looks undamaged, you may still be sold a refurbished phone. Android and iPhone users can resolve this issue in up to 5 steps.
3. The model will expose all
understand your Is the iPhone new or already refurbished:
Step 1: Go to set up
Step 2: Click “General”
Step 3: Click about
Step 4: Find model. If the model number starts with “M,” it’s a new phone. If the model number starts with “F,” it’s a refurbished phone.
To find out if your Android* phone is new or refurbished:
Step 1: Tap your phone app and open your phone’s dialer
Step 2: Dial ##786# (some users may need to dial *#*#786#*#*).
Step 3: You will be taken to the RTN screen.From here, click view
Step 4: Find the Refurbished tab
Step 5: Find “Status”, it will list “Yes” (it is a refurbished model) or “No” (your phone is new).
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If you find yourself paying full price for a refurbished phone, don’t worry. First, check your receipt, which should state whether you purchased a new or refurbished phone. If you purchased your phone directly from Apple or Samsung, simply call their customer service provider and you will receive a full refund or exchange.
Things can be more complicated if you got your phone through a reseller. First, check your receipt and the sales note for whether you purchased a new or refurbished phone. If the sales description doesn’t mention it’s refurbished, you can return it for a full refund or file a fraud claim.
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If you’ve ever purchased what you thought was a new phone that turned out to be a refurbished phone, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you.
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