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What’s a refurbished phone without warranty?

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published : Mar 22, 2019, 1:50 pm IST
Updated : Mar 22, 2019, 1:50 pm IST

A lot of misconceptions about refurbished phones have come out clear today.

Before being put on sale, all refurbished phones go through thorough testing, repair & certification process to ensure they’re in full working order.
 Before being put on sale, all refurbished phones go through thorough testing, repair & certification process to ensure they’re in full working order.

The idea of buying a refurbished smartphone is no more a gamble, it has become a much more organized and conscious sector.  A lot of misconceptions about refurbished phones have come out clear with a lot of players developing this sector.  Refurbished phones might not be just the used phones, they can be the latest models that have been less extensively used, returned by customers who changed their mind within the 30-day of buying it, a pre-owned handset that has been sent back due to a fault and has been repaired for resale.

Suraj Mhatre, Business Head at Warranty Bazaar says, ‘High-end smartphones getting more and more expensive to buy, a large number of people are turning towards refurbished phones without sacrificing quality, yet saving themselves from the burning a hole in the pocket’.

Before being put on sale, all refurbished phones go through thorough testing, repair & certification process to ensure they’re in full working order. What remains uncertain is the post-purchase functioning of the gadget. Irrespective of the number of tests, at times fault can’t be caught and only comes under scanner when put in use. 

‘Warranty comes in as a lifesaver to such deals. Purchase of a refurbished smartphone is a smart decision but without a warranty is not a wise one,’ says Mhatre.

On that note, Suraj Mhatre also gives us reasons on why buying a warranty on the refurbished smartphone is a valuable investment.

The gadget in hand might have already extensively exhausted

While purchasing a gadget we only get to focus on its current working condition. The background of the gadget is uncertain as it must have changed many hands before reaching the final reselling point. Looking at this uncertainty of past gadget usage, it is advisable to purchasing a warranty for the gadget to cover up for any future break down

If the phone is carrying forward some defects from its previous usage

Most of the known refurbished smartphone put the phones through thorough testing before putting it up for sale. Yet there are chances that they might not be able to track down or oversee some minute defect, which might multiple and hamper the functioning of gadget by you

Warranty works over the return policy

Some retailers will have return policies so you can take the phone back if you run into trouble. But this is applicable only if it is a manufacturing defect or a defect beyond repair, in rest of the cases, repair is advised by most of the sellers. Also return policy is generally for a very short duration which is about a couple of weeks, post that your gadget is not covered. This is when a warranty is needed to avoid the unforeseen expense for repairing the gadget or replacement as per the need

Takes care of finer aspects

Warranty gets your gadget covered when it comes to taking care of finer details of different parts of the phone. It covers microphones, network IC, PCB, touch, camera, etc. which you can have a fix available if any of this things goes off while in warranty.

Cost effective

The major reason we invest in a refurbished smartphone is to avoid paying more money for the first hand product. In case of any breakdown you might end up paying the amount you saved or maybe even more. Purchasing a warranty costs much cheaper than getting the gadget repaired

Listed above are the commonly faced issues and challenges by any smartphone user. There are certain problems that we never predict or imagine. For that, all you need is a solution provider to whom you can go back to for anything and everything.

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