Things you need to check when getting a refurbished phone in Australia

Recycle Australia Jun 1st 2022


Being budget-conscious does not mean ditching the dream to buy your very own Apple iPhone or desired Android device.

Forget about the ridiculously priced brand new iPhones and Android phones out there in the market, as they would burn a huge hole in your pocket.

After all, many of us are not in the mood to splurge big in these trying economic times.

The next best solution would be to get a second hand or refurbished phone that has been recycled at a much cheaper price. After all, when you get a used phone or refurbished one, you help reduce the amount of tech waste in the environment. Moreover, used or refurbished phones are usually way cheaper than brand new ones. 

Nonetheless, when you are buying a refurbished phone from an acquaintance or a peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace like Amazon Australia or eBay, you run considerable risks such as getting a sub-par phone with a dying battery or getting a stolen phone that has been blacklisted.

Read on to find out more about the things you need to remember when you get your refurbished and recycled phone in Australia.

#1: Does The Smartphone Contain Your Required Features?

One major question to ask yourself before making your next phone investment would be whether your desired phone in question contains the features necessary to address your needs. While you might not be a fussy photographer and might be well content with any phone with a decent camera lens, you might be more picky about whether the battery life of the phone can last for hours on end. If you are an avid photographer and require your phone to contain an ultra-wide lens to take high-resolution shots, you might have to consider the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra or the iPhone XS MAX for your photography and videography hobbies.

#2: Do The Refurbishers Offer Additional Repair Services During The Phone’s Warranty Period?

The next important question to consider before getting your desired refurbished phone would be to ensure if the refurbishers of the said phone offer additional repair or inspection services during the warranty time frame. This is because should your phone exhibit previously unknown functionality defects, you can maximise its longevity by sending it back to the refurbishers to have it inspected and repaired once more. If you get your recycled phone from an individual seller with dubious origins, you might not stand a chance for a warranty period to accompany your phone, let alone additional repair services. However, if you get your refurbished phone from a trusted and reputable Australian marketplace like Reebelo, rest assured that your phone would have undergone quality checks and touch-ups before its resale, and that Reebelo offers our Australian customers up to  12-month warranty time frame for products sold on our platform.

#3: Is The Price Of The Smartphone ‘Just Right’?

Now, this is a tricky question to answer.

Although the typical price of a used or refurbished phone is usually around 30% cheaper than its original brand new counterpart, cheaper is not necessarily always better for those of you budget-savvy peeps out there. If you encounter a phone with a rock-bottom price without understanding the reason why, chances are the price is too good to be true and the smartphone might contain some additional defects that you might be unaware of. Worse still, the smartphone might have been stolen before and the seller might be in a rush to get rid of it. Should you fall for such a scam and purchase a stolen used or refurbished smartphone, you might end up on the wrong side of the law and in legal hot soup. Ascertaining whether the quoted price of any refurbished phone is ‘the right price’ can be complicated, but the safest is to stick to the market prices that can be found on the Internet.

#4: Is The Seller Legit?

Arguably, this might be one of the most prominent questions you would have to ask and answer when you get your refurbished smartphone.

The marketplace is saturated by individual and retail sellers claiming to have the best quality used, recycled and refurbished smartphones, and the difficult thing is sussing out the legit sellers from the scammers.

Avoid buying your refurbished phone from individual online sellers with unknown backgrouexpertsnds or no previous track records as much as possible.

Instead, buy your refurbished phone and other products from established sellers like Reebelo that have past track records of customers happy about the competitive prices of the products offered. By buying your phone from Reebelo, stand to look forward to great quality products (all our refurbished products have been tested and cleaned up by certified Australian experts) at highly affordable prices. Even better, if you have an existing phone to trade in, do so at the same time when you buy your refurbished phone to enjoy double savings!

"Reebelo finally offers a marketplace for second hand electronics you can trust: fair prices and great quality. A nice way to save money and reduce waste.” - Mike. Reebelo's Trustpilot Customer Review.

An additional thing to note is that for every phone that is transacted on Reebelo, we plant a tree in Australia in partnership with One Tree Planted as a tangible symbol to mark our efforts in saving the environment, recycle existing smartphones and reducing the amount of smartphone waste. .Can we incorporate the keyword “Recyle and reduce waste here too?

Look No Further Than Reebelo To Get Your Refurbished Phone!

We at Reebelo are customer-centric and have your best interests at heart. If you have been offered a cheaper price for your desired phone elsewhere, simply inform us and we will match. We work with the authorities and trusted Australian partners to ensure that you get the best out of your transaction with us to save as much as possible. What is more, our phones are durable due to their excellent quality and useability. Hurry up and check out Reebelo Australia’s Instagram page for more updates!