reported that Samsung had plans of selling refurbished flagship devices from their Galaxy brand. On the report, it was expressed that the initiative was Samsung's attempt at sustaining its earnings momentum, especially after a remarkable performance just a few months ago. At the same time, this move will allow Samsung to make the most of cost efficiency and maintain its operating margins over 10 percent.
After checking their website today, it can be seen that Samsung had quietly started to sell these refurbished smartphones in the US. An entire section of these devices can be seen on its website under the name "Samsung Certified Pre-Owned Phones." On the website, Samsung explains that their engineers have completely refurbished these devices. In addition, each unit will come with a new set of headphones and charger in its box. Samsung has also offered a one-year warranty on these devices similar to that of a new device.
Among the refurbished models available on Samsung's US website include the following:
- Galaxy Note 3
- Galaxy Note 4
- Galaxy S4
- Galaxy S5
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 edge
The available devices on the website are linked with the four major wireless carriers in the country: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. So far, unlocked refurbished units are not offered on Samsung's website. But given the choices available, it's already enough for customers to save as much as $265 on a refurbished device. While they can save a lot of money with these devices, they cannot be purchased on an installment plan option under any carrier. As such, they have to pay the entire price upfront. If you decide to get one of these refurbished units, you can do so directly on the website. Your purchase will then be shipped to you in up to ten business days.
As of this writing, there has not yet been any announcement whether Samsung intends to launch the refurbished flagship smartphone program in other markets aside from the US.