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Are You Holding Someone’s Latest Smartphone?

Why Used Smartphones are increasingly the ‘New First-Choice’ for many Consumers

Apple’s iPhones are very expensive when buying brand new. The second you take off the plastic wrap off the box, and switch the device on, it has essentially become used and can’t be resold for what you’ve paid for it at the Apple store. This is why plenty of people buy second-hand or reconditioned units, as they’re often a lot cheaper than buying brand new. Plus, once a new iPhone is released, the prices of older models go down considerably.

Since Apple has an excellent track-record with software-support in the form of updates to IOS, investing in a 1-2 year old iPhone makes a lot of sense. Also, if you’re not  completely sold on Apple’s newest release but need an upgrade if you’re running an older handset, say, the iPhone 5 or 5s, a reconditioned iPhone 6 or 6s makes a ton of sense as it will be a huge upgrade on your older iPhone.

Demand for refurbished/used/second-hand/pre-owned/pre-loved/certified pre-owned Smartphones continues to grow at an exponential rate as more consumers are becoming aware of the depreciating value of buying brand new. There is no surprise that second hand is the new, ‘New’. There will always be those technology enthusiasts who are more than willing to queue up in long lines just to get their hands on the latest smartphone release from Apple. This presents an opportunity to get some great deals on a second hand smartphone.  The used smart phone market is set to hit a record $20 billion this year with more and more consumers opting to buy second-hand devices over brand new. Since iPhones hold their value a lot longer than every other mobile brand, selling your old iPhone would contribute significantly to buying your new device.

But beware, buying a second hand phone does come with potential risks of being swindled with a stolen phone that would brick after a while or a faulty phone that could cost you to get repaired. Ads on Gumtree, Craigslist or Facebook’s new market place may not be the best place to find your next smart phone as these are filled with scammers trying to make a quick buck at your expense. It is always advised to buy from a trusted reseller of second hand iPhones like Prince Mobiles that have a well established reputation in the second hand market and a physical location where you can go back to if you encounter a problem with your phone. Their Certified Pre used phones are your safest bet at getting a great deal on your next iPhone. Alternatives include trusted sellers on online market place platforms like eBay or Amazon where you’re protected against fraudulent sellers and faulty phones with their returns policy and buyer’s protection insurance. Happy shopping!

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