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Old 12-02-2018, 07:34 PM   #21
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After working in the electronics industry I will never buy refurbished anything, failure rate is way too high.

Jump off you wallet ya cheap skate, you use your phone every damn day and you wanna cheap out? Next to your boots and your bed it's probably the most important thing you carry.



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FWIW-I have Consumer Cellular from Target. Unlimited talk/text, 500 mb data. $28/mo.
Bought their Moto4 smartphone--$100.

I really don't need/use data while mobile--can't stand trying to navigate a 5.5" screen; constantly having to re-adjust screen size to browse, etc.
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I use data for my hotspot.

J7.... ewwwww

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After working in the electronics industry I will never buy refurbished anything, failure rate is way too high.
I was in that field for three decades, and fully agree. You can see/measure wear on mechanical parts; not so with electronics.

My S4 is still working essentially as it did when new, though I have it pretty well maxed out with apps. Put a new battery in it a couple of months ago just because I thought I should.

Gene, you might try just doing a total factory reset on it. Worth a shot so you can keep up on the payments for that new camper.
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Gawd, a full reset. Uggg. I did that after I rooted my phone which caused a boot loop. I reflashed the phone to the point at which I liked it best. But because of that I had to redo everything I had in the phone. It took me about 2 weeks to get it back very close to what I had originally. Not a fun process.
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I get it, Leo, but is that really all that different from buying a brand new phone and going through the shenanigans to get it where you want it? At least you wouldn't be blowing several hundred dollars PLUS the shenanigans.
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Gawd, a full reset. Uggg. I did that after I rooted my phone which caused a boot loop. I reflashed the phone to the point at which I liked it best. But because of that I had to redo everything I had in the phone. It took me about 2 weeks to get it back very close to what I had originally. Not a fun process.
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S4 went through a series of upgrades. Each time it put more limits on the SD card. Eventually the SD card became almost worthless because the only way you could access it was through the phones original file manager. That manager sucked, very limited and near useless.

I used a different manager and after the upgrades it wouldn't let me copy or save files to the SD card. Made it worthless to me. So I used an app called Towelroot and rooted my phone. It gave me access to the root directory and core applications on the phone. 1st thing I did was render the updating on the phone inoperable. And then I downgraded my phone to KitKat 4.4 which was where the phone operated the way I liked it and I had full access to the SD card with no limitations or restrictions.

When I down graded my phone some kind of an error was introduced into the boot sequence and it caused it to go into a loop which would just continue on and on without going to the main function of the phone.

So I found the code for the OS of KitKat 4.4 and loaded that into my phone, ie: flashed my phone. At that point it was like a new phone at that point, blank. No apps, pics, personal data... blank.

So I had to refresh all my bookmarks and other things that Google wouldn't auto refresh for me. My contacts and my apps were automatically downloaded in the next couple of hours. But then I had to rearange all the icons and such to where they existed before. I had saved them all in screen shots and loaded them onto my computer as JPG files. But I still had to move things manually.

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Nerds dont let their phones play with KitKat.

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Nerds don't let their phone OS dictate that they can't use the SD card. Only problem I have now is the browser is out of date and I have SSL issues on some sites.
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Nerds don't let their phone OS dictate that they can't use the SD card. Only problem I have now is the browser is out of date and I have SSL issues on some sites.
Do you get those "this site's certificate has expired" mumbo jumbo?
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Nope.
just won't connect or gives an SSL error.

What you are seeing is from the browser not detecting an https site
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Can you look up reviews of people who bought the refurbished phone you want? If the reviews are pretty good, I would be inclined to get one. Is there a warranty or return period? If the phone sucks you can return it.

A percentage of refurbished phones are just phones that have been returned because the people didn't like them.

I bought a refurbished Samsung S7 Edge certified refurbished about 6 months ago. The biggest complaint on reviews of the refurbished phone was a very short battery life, so I was prepared for that. Worse case I would buy a new battery.

I've been happy with my phone. Looked and smelled new. The battery life is shorter than I think it should be. Have to charge it every night, if using it a lot some time during the day.
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I've only bought refurbed phones since my first smart phone. I got one that was a little wonky and the seller replaced it. I currently have a s6 active and my wife has a s7. They both work well and mine is a couple years old. I've never paid over 250 for a phone. Saving $500-600 x2 every couple years matters to me. I do that with most stuff and it adds up. Between phones, phone plans, tvs, cable, internet, computers, etc. I probably save a couple thousand a year over most of my coworkers and neighbors. I'd rather retire a year earlier.
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This is a little late now, but maybe someone else will find it useful.

I've bought my last few phones, refurbished. Personally I think refurbishing is wiping out the previous person's info and putting them on the shelf.
I bought them from the Verizon store. I can't remember the price, but around $400. They have a 14 day warranty. Not much, but something. I have only had a problem with 1 phone. They replaced it.

I have been out of contract for a long time. Not going back. Of course now, Verizon doesn't really have 2 year contracts, but they have a 2 year pay off for the phone. If you don't owe on the phone or are out of contract, it is much cheaper.
I think I pay $80 for a basic service and then each phone is added on. For my personal phone, it's an additional $15 per month. I pay for 5 phones. Only 1 is still being paid for and it's about $50 per month. (my daughter's phone.)

There are cheaper companies out there. At some point I will probably switch to them. For now, everything is easy and works. Having good coverage in my area, is the most important for my business.
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When it comes to phones like anything else you really do get what you pay for. The more I learn about these devices the more storage becomes important when shopping for a new phone. Some apps and upgrades won't load on an external card.
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These things are probably killing us all and we don't know it. Wait until they roll out 5g. My wife still has her old 3g phone she likes it and won't get a new one until it completely stops. I've been through 3 maybe 4.....she still has the same one
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If you want/ need to be cheap. By a Blu phone. Amazon or Best buy. 100-300 dollars pair it with net 10 and never need a contract or insurance again. Keep it backed to the cloud either Google or Microsoft. I use Microsoft. Love Microsoft. I can write contracts email pics all from my phone. On my third Blu device in six years. Contract free for more than ten....

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