With the rising number of unused smartphones, it is only logical that manufacturers would look for a way these devices can still be appreciated. Banking in on this idea, FreedomPop has recently launched an online store where they will be offering refurbished and used smartphones. The online store is called FreedomShop and is currently available for customers based in the United States, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
On its launch, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) divulged information as it expressed its goal of selling over 100 smartphone units from different brands. This would include devices manufactured by Apple, Samsung, LG, and many more. Each of these devices will be available with a 30 day "no questions asked" money back guarantee along with a 90 day warranty on manufacturer defects. By partnering with over 200 refurbished smartphone suppliers in the world, FreedomPop hopes it can be recognized as a top venue for those shopping for a used smartphone.
The website launched this morning with a number of refurbished devices to choose from. Stephen Stokols, the chief executive officer of FreedomPop, has said that the company has already spent "tens of millions of dollars" to build their database of devices for their supply chain. As a result, they are able to be in a position where they could easily exceed traditional resellers such as Amazon or eBay.
In the US, FreedomPop makes use of Sprint's network. Because of this, it is only fitting that they would be offering a free plan with ever refurbished device purchased. The plan includes 200 minutes of voice calls, 500 text messages, and 500 megabytes of data per month. With the launch of FreedomShop, the company hopes to launch in eight additional markets by the end of 2017 as they hope to tackle on the markets in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
On the subject of refurbished smartphones, more than a week ago, Apple has decided to start offering refurbished iPhone units through its online store. These iPhone devices come with new batteries and are offered at discounted prices, often a hundred dollars less compared to the normal prices (which represents a discount of around 15 percent). The refurbished iPhones being sold by Apple all come with a 12 month long warranty, akin to a brand new iPhone unit. Additionally, refurbished iPhones are covered by AppleCare+, which means that for those who decide to buy these units, they can rest assured that they are protected against cracked or water damaged display screens.
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