How Do You Buy Reconditioned Mobile Phones?


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Reconditioned smartphones and basic cellphones are available for purchase from large retailers such as Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and Overstock.com. All three retailers offer new and reconditioned mobile phones for sale online. The retailer ReplaceYourCell.com specializes in reconditioned mobile phones from a variety of carriers and manufacturers. All four retailers allow users to browse by device manufacturer, network capability, whether or not the mobile phone is unlocked, and price range .

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Mobile carriers also typically sell reconditioned phones designed to work for their specific network, such as those found at ATT.com. ATT.com lists reconditioned phones to lease on an annual contract for a fixed, monthly fee. Each carrier uses unique phones or software to connect to its mobile network. All four retailers advertise either unlocked or network-specific reconditioned phones.

As of November 2015, phones are available from Apple, Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry and Nokia. Prices range from less than $30 to more than $120 to purchase, depending on the manufacturer, specifications and network. Reconditioned phones use a variety of operating systems including Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 8. Reconditioned flip phones, touch-screen phones and full QWERTY phones are also available for sale as reconditioned phones, depending on the carrier and phone needs.

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