LifeLine can repair all sorts of damage to cell phones, including a broken touchscreen and/or LCD. We can even repair water damage, whether you dropped your phone in a puddle, or the water bottle in your bag leaked all over it. However, sometimes the phone is beyond repair. If you are not willing or able to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone, there are plenty of pre-owned and refurbished phones available at reasonable prices.

Pre-Owned Cell Phones

When we think of pre-owned phones, images of pink Motorola Razrs from 2005 come to mind. However, just about any make and style phone you would like is available pre-owned. You can get the latest phones, with all the bells and whistles, from just about any cell phone manufacturer’s site or store, or through marketplace sites like Amazon.

We all know people who must have the latest iteration of their favorite phone, even if that means replacing it every year. When these phones get turned in to the manufacturer, they completely remove the previous owner’s data, clean up the phone, and install all new software.

Here are some options if you are looking for a reliable pre-owned cell phone:

  • Verizon has a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program, where each phone must pass a 100+ point quality check in 10 key categories before being sold.
  • Sprint also has Certified Pre-Owned phones that are inspected, re-manufactured and tested to meet or exceed the company’s quality standards.
  • AT&T offers refurbished phones that have been “independently tested and reconditioned,” and have a 90-day warranty.
  • If you are 50 or over and belong to AARP, you have probably seen their ads for Consumer Cellular, which offers reasonable rates on a variety of mobile phone plans for any lifestyle. Consumer Cellular offers a selection of new and used phones, including an iPhone that is refurbished to “look and perform like a brand new phone.”

Of course, you can go to a site like Amazon or eBay, or other online marketplaces. However, be cautious before you buy. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

A Few Pieces of Advice

  • It is best to get a pre-owned phone directly from a manufacturer. Choose one with a Certified Pre-Owned Program. Make sure that there is a warranty with it. Be careful about having to sign a new contract.
  • Save your broken phone’s SIM card if possible. This is where all of your data, contacts, and other information are located. It will save you the time and trouble of having to reload this information into your new phone.
  • If your phone cannot be saved, it is best to go back to the manufacturer and see if you can get any kind of trade-in deal. Make sure that whatever happened to your phone is not covered under the warranty. Find out if you can continue on your same contract if you buy a refurbished phone to replace your old one.
  • Do not give up on your phone without taking it to an expert, no matter how bad you think the damage is, and do not try to fix it yourself. Cell phone repair has come a long way as these devices have become an indispensable part of our lives. LifeLine offers cell phone repairs in Atlanta. We will also be offering cell phone (including iPhone) repair in Nashville, TN soon. We can fix iPads and other tablets as well.

LifeLine professionals can repair all major brands of phones and devices. We handle all Apple products, including Mac laptops, iMacs, and MacBooks. For cell phone repair, visit one of our stores. Whether you have a smashed screen, or your phone took an unexpected fall into a sink, let our specialists take a look at it. If it truly has breathed its last, we can advise you on the best places to find a new one.