Sprint to offer refurbished devices for cheap
The customers get piece of mind that noone will try to sell them a lemon that will start showing temperament shortly after leaving the lot, and the manufacturers can charge a small premium for the inspection services, and the additional warranty.
Verizon is offering a similar deal, and Sprint now follows in its footsteps with a 30-day money back guarantee, the same as for new devices. The phones are tested, examined for cosmetic blemishes, returned to factory specs, and updated with the newest firmware, if one is available.
Currently the carrier offers the BlackBerry Tour at $79.99, and for $49.99 you can grab the Samsung Reclaim in green, or the Sanyo 2700 in pink and blue. If you are a new customer, your signature under a two-year contract will allow you to get the Samsung Reclaim, and the Sanyo 2700 for free. Or, alternatively, newcomers to Sprint can get the refurbished HTC Hero, or the aforementioned BlackBerry Tour for the low $29.99.
With phones like the Epic 4G selling for $149 new on Amazon, we doubt the refurbished program will be extremely successful, but still, there might be some gems there from time to time, so it is worth hitting that refresh button.
BlackBerry Tour 9630 for Sprint Specifications | Review
Samsung Reclaim Specifications | Review
Sanyo SCP-2700 Specifications | Review
HTC Hero CDMA Specifications | Review
1. ajac09 (Posts: 1430; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
you only doubt cause your sprint haters. but I bet if it was AT&T selling an iphone for 20 dollars cheaper and calling it a refurb you would be all over this.
2. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)
I don't know, I love Sprint, but 2 yr contract to get a refurbished, older, low tier phone? I think not. Maybe offer better phones, or maybe shorten the contract a year or two, or offer them to current subscribers with a discount? The phone subsidy is already paid, so why charge so much? I would be glad to upgrade, but not to one of these phones and would not want to use my 2 yr contract eligibility that I am saving for next year for a WP7 phone...
3. brobert11 (unregistered)
I think the more helpful portion of this program for our customers will be the opportunity to purchase the devices outright w/ out contract. $79.99 for Hero or Tour. $49.99 for Reclaim or Sanyo. Other phones will be offered from time to time and this gives customers an option now instead of calling and begging to have a device changed 6 months into a cntract because they don't like it or for people who don't have TEP and have lost/stolen devices or damage that the stores are unable to repair. I doubt this program is started to be succesful in selling phones to new customers but is set up that way too just to give them a chance to get an outgoing model higher end device for cheap w/ a man warranty. Good deal and great tool to help customers w/ device issues and unrealistic expectations for the carrier to exchange thier phone for free!.
4. tuminatr (Posts: 725; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)
exactley Verizon uses these as customer retention, break your phone and did not buy insurance buy a certified pre owned