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Apple iPhone 4s 8GB Unlocked Smartphone w/ 8MP Camera, White (Certified Refurbished)

$21.84
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  • Searching for a Sprint iPhone but your budget cannot afford buying the Apple’s this year flagship and you don’t want to bind yourself with a new two-year contract? How about the refurbished iPhone 5C featuring iOS7, 4-inch Retina display and dual-core A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz that is coupled with 1GB RAM and 16GB of built-in storage? The phone also sports an 8-megapixel iSight rear camera accompanied by a 1.2-meagpixel front-facing shooter. In other words – great value for the current maket price. Released in 2013, the Apple iPhone 5C refurbished phone for Sprint is now available from third-party merchants for cheap than offered at the Sprint’s official store.

    Having that in mind, in mid-2015 Verizon followed the trend on the market and removed contracts from its offer. With them gone is subsidized pricing forcing customers to buy phones at full retail price or choose one of financing plans. While at first it may seem like a catch, it actually provides a few interesting options. For instance, you can buy a used or refurbished phone, which tend to be much cheaper than brand new models, or use a phone you already own on the network of your choice.

  • So, if you want to buy an iPhone but your budget is limited, purchasing its older generation model is the best way to achieve the goal. Additionally buying reconditioned phones won’t only help you to save few bucks but also will save our environment. Remember that dirt cheap deals are always too good to be true. In order to avoid being deceived, try to keep it in mind that we always get what we’ve paid for. If you want to find and buy a refurbished iPhone carrying great value and low price tag, you may find it useful to read our tips located below on safe online purchase of refurbished phones.

    Having that in mind, in mid-2015 Verizon followed the trend on the market and removed contracts from its offer. With them gone is subsidized pricing forcing customers to buy phones at full retail price or choose one of financing plans. While at first it may seem like a catch, it actually provides a few interesting options. For instance, you can buy a used or refurbished phone, which tend to be much cheaper than brand new models, or use a phone you already own on the network of your choice.

    Cell Phone Risk

    Way to Deal With the Risk

    Determining Whether the Phone Has Really Been Refurbished

    Buy from a reputable source, and insist on a warranty. Warranties for refurbished phones may be shorter or less inclusive than those for new phones, and what sort of warranty to accept is a bit of a judgment call, but if the company will not stand by the phone, it probably has not actually been tested.

    Determining If the Phone Has a History

    Call the provider's service line and give the refurbished phone's IMEI code, which is usually under the phone's battery. With this code, the provider should be able to look up the phone's history. If there is an outstanding balance, the provider can usually get it removed.

    Determining Whether the Phone Is Compatible

    If possible, buy a refurbished phone of the same model that the previous phone was, or look for an unlocked phone of a compatible type. Before buying, call the provider to make sure the plan will accept a new phone.

  • Refurbished phones? Bought from an auction website?
    Nationwide FlexPlus* (1) Yes Yes, with proof of purchase
    Endsleigh* Yes, provided that the phone was bought new no more than three years before the time cover begins Yes, with proof of purchase
    Gadget Cover* Yes No, only if manufacturer- or network-approved refurbishment
    CarphoneWarehouse (via Geek Squad) Yes No, only if bought from Carphone Warehouse
    e2Save* Yes No, only if bought from e2save

    Table correct as of 3 September 2015. 1. This is a top pick packaged bank account, one of the benefits of which is mobile phone insurance.

    Having that in mind, in mid-2015 Verizon followed the trend on the market and removed contracts from its offer. With them gone is subsidized pricing forcing customers to buy phones at full retail price or choose one of financing plans. While at first it may seem like a catch, it actually provides a few interesting options. For instance, you can buy a used or refurbished phone, which tend to be much cheaper than brand new models, or use a phone you already own on the network of your choice.

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Hi Jim,
I actually had a look at Samsung´s refurbished phones and if my memory serves me right I saw an S5 there. If I were to buy one, I would definitely get it from Samsung themselves. I am not sure how long they have been doing this, but the good thing is that they are now. Samsung is obviously a reliable source if you are thinking of getting one. Are you interested in a particular model?