Samsung’s Renewed Program Is Shining News – Here’s Why…
Samsung launched its new Re-Newed service this week, a new retail portal where users can buy refurbished Samsung phones like the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra with MASSIVE discounts…
Normally, when it comes to buying refurbished phones, it is better to go for an iPhone. Why? Apple has the best software support out there, so if you bought an iPhone today – even an older model like the iPhone 11 Pro Max – you’ll get iOS updates through the late 2020s.
With Samsung, it’s not quite the same case. But the company’s approach to Android updates – each new phone gets three major Android updates – is currently the best in the Android market, alongside Google’s Pixel phones. But Samsung’s phones are MUCH more impressive than anything Google has to offer, so its new Re-Newed program is sure to grab a lot of people’s attention – especially with discounts like this.
What is Samsung Re-Newed?
Samsung has its own retail store, where it sells all of its equipment, from phones to fridges and TVs. Lots of people also buy their phones directly from Samsung – it has great financing deals. Re-Newed is a new section on Samsung’s retail site where you can browse and buy refurbished Samsung Galaxy phones (and save $200 in the process).
Samsung Re-Newed is basically a channel for selling refurbished phones. But unlike “used” phones, phones sold through Samsung’s Re-Newed channel will look and work like new, just because they’re not new, they’ll cost a lot less. How much less? You can currently save $200 on Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra – see here for details.
Those of you who are hesitant to use older, refurbished phones really don’t need to be. With Re-Newed, these phones have been restored, repaired, and returned to their original state – basically, new – by Samsung itself. That means what you’re getting is just a deeply discounted Galaxy S21, for example, that will look and perform just as good as a new one. What’s not to like?
Where do refurbished phones come from?
How does a phone become a refurbished model? There are a myriad of ways this can happen. A company that sells Samsung phones could go bankrupt and ship its stock back to Samsung; a user under contract could miss his payments, so his phone is called back; a phone may have a defect and is returned to the manufacturer by the retailer.
Whatever happens, or whatever course leads to classifying a phone as refurbished, they are all handled, checked and tested in exactly the same way. The laws of the market state that phones that are not new cannot be sold as new phones, this is where the refurbished market comes from. But refurbished phones are NOT the same as used phones.
A used phone is exactly what it sounds like: it was used by one person, erased, and then sold to someone else.
There are no tests, health checks, or fixes to “used” phones. They are just old phones being sold from consumer to consumer. A refurbished phone – sometimes called “refurbished” – is not like this at all: it’s checked by experts, repaired if needed, and cleaned to look and function like new. It’s also a big deal, so it’s no wonder Samsung is dipping its toes in the water.
If you don’t mind using a slightly older Samsung phone, for example the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and you like the idea of saving $200, check out Samsung’s renewed deals page now – you will find many killer offers for very impressive phones. And, as with all purchases made through the Samsung store, there are usually very good financing options, so you can spread the cost over 12 or 24 months.
Richard Goodwin has worked as a technical journalist for over 10 years. He is the publisher and owner of KnowYourMobile.