Recent statistics show that more than 130 million cell phones are thrown away every year. These phones probably have a lot of life left in them, but because they aren’t recycled or refurbished, they don’t do any good. You can help cut down on cell phone waste by purchasing refurbished mobiles instead of buying a new phone every year or two. Here’s why your next phone should be refurbished.
You’ll Save Money
The newest, most advanced phones on the market cost upwards of $1,000. That’s a lot of money that could go to other household expenses. Of course, you want a phone that offers the newest technology. Still, because the major cell phone manufacturers come out with new models every year or so, the technology difference between the latest and last models is almost negligible.
Unless you’re a professional photographer who needs the highest quality cell phone camera on the market, you won’t even notice the difference between the technology of a refurbished mobile and a brand new, $1,000 phone. You can save a lot of money by buying a slightly used phone refurbished to factory standards without sacrificing technology.
You’ll Help Save the Environment
By buying a refurbished phone, you are keeping it out of landfill. The refurbished market depends on the demand for used phones, so when more people buy refurbished mobiles, more phones can be kept off the garbage heap. And electronics don’t decompose quickly or at all, so those phones that are so casually tossed away are never going to disappear. They’re going to contribute to the landfill crisis that is plaguing the entire world today.
Essentially, we are running out of space for landfills. Many areas are projected to have nowhere to put their garbage within five to 10 years. The more we can keep out of the landfills today, the better off our communities will be in the near and distant future.
Plus, the phones that aren’t recycled go to their electronics grave with the precious metals used to make them. These metals are 100% reusable, but when recycled metals aren’t available, manufacturers have to get them from the ground. As we know, metals are a finite resource, so every time a manufacturer has to get new metals to build their new phones, a little more of those resources are gone for good.
You’ll Get a Warranty
One reason people cite for not buying refurbished electronics is that they have no recourse if the device doesn’t work the way it should. As long as you buy your refurbished phone from a reputable company, you will get a warranty that, for a specific period, will allow you to return the device for replacement or repair if it has any problems. Buying a refurbished phone is a no-risk proposition, as long as you are careful about where you buy it from.
There are a few benefits to buying refurbished mobiles, especially if you’re looking to save money and want to be a part of protecting the environment. Just be sure to research where to buy your refurbished phone first to get the best deal and warranty possible.