Sprint now offering refurb phones for less

If you’re looking for a cheap, second-hand phone, but are a little worried about any jibblyscruffins* hiding in the phone, waiting to grasp your throat and squeeze the life out of you**, then Sprint want to help.

Sprint are now offering a limited selection of phones in second-hand “refurbished” condition at reduced prices — and just in case there are any jibblyscruffins* hiding in there, they are also giving you a 30-day return policy.

But what phones are there? Check out this bullet list from their press release:

  • BlackBerry Tour at $79.99, and
  • Samsung Reclaim in green and Sanyo 2700 in pink and blue are each available for $49.99.
  • Customers with a new two year contract can get the Hero or Tour at $29.99 and the green Reclaim or pink and blue 2700 for FREE.

Before selling you these jibblyscruffin-free* phones, Sprint makes sure that they comply with a 30-point checklist, are free of cosmetic defects, and then flashes the latest firmware/resets them to factory settings.

Check out the full PR, below.

Sprint Launches Certified Pre-Owned Device Program to Give Wireless Phones ‘Second Life’ and Offer Sprint Customers Exceptional Value

BlackBerry Tour Available for $79.99, Samsung Reclaim or Sanyo 2700 Available for $49.99

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S] today announced the launch of its new, national Certified Pre-owned Device Program. Sprint Certified Pre-owned devices offer customers exceptional, feature-rich refurbished devices at lower prices. Customers who purchase a pre-owned device from Sprint not only get one of today’s devices at a great value, but also simultaneously help Sprint to achieve its aggressive reuse and recycling goals by giving these pre-owned devices a “second life.”

“The Sprint certified pre-owned device program enables our customers to purchase innovative devices at an exceptional value”
Three certified pre-owned devices are now available for purchase in this exciting new program at Sprint.com – BlackBerry® Tour™, Samsung Reclaim™ in green, and Sanyo 2700 in pink and blue. Existing customers can purchase one of these pre-owned devices at regular price without a contract extension and without affecting their current upgrade eligibility status.

Existing pricing for the devices are as follows:

BlackBerry Tour at $79.99, and
Samsung Reclaim in green and Sanyo 2700 in pink and blue are each available for $49.99.
Customers with a new two year contract can get the Hero & Tour at $29.99 and the green Reclaim or pink & blue 2700 for FREE.
Visit www.sprint.com for further details.

“The Sprint certified pre-owned device program enables our customers to purchase innovative devices at an exceptional value,” said David Owens, vice president of marketing for Sprint. “Each of these certified pre-owned devices meets Sprint’s rigorous quality standards, and is backed by the 30-day return policy. The Sprint pre-owned device program also supports Sprint’s goal to reuse and recycle more of our devices. Ultimately, giving phones a ‘second life’ is a win-win for Sprint, our customers and the environment.”

All Sprint certified pre-owned devices are thoroughly inspected, tested and, if necessary, remanufactured according to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) new unit specifications, and come with the 30-day return policy. Every Sprint-Certified Pre-owned phone is:

Prepared for resale by facilities certified by the original manufacturer of the device,
Subjected to a comprehensive 30-plus point quality checklist to ensure compliance with Sprint standards,
Inspected for any cosmetic defects to make sure your device looks like new
Returned to factory default settings, and
Updated to the most current system software.
Sprint’s Certified Pre-owned Device Program is another step forward in support of the company’s aggressive reuse and recycling collection goals. Sprint was the first in the industry to publicly announce an ambitious goal to collect nine phones for reuse and recycling for every 10 sold by 2017, a 90 percent collection rate. As of 2009, Sprint’s collection rate was more than 40 percent, well ahead of the industry average. More than 90 percent of the 3.7 million phones Sprint collected in 2009 were reused.

Sprint places a high priority on reuse, as it helps reduce the need to manufacture new phones and thereby conserves more energy and raw materials, compared with recycling. According to the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator, which was funded by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, reusing 1 million mobile phones saves 40 million kilowatt hours of electricity – enough to power more than 3,000 U.S. households for a year.

Sprint continues to receive recognition for its leadership in environmental sustainability. Sprint recently scored highest among U.S.-based wireless companies on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) S&P Fortune 500 Leadership Index for its carbon disclosure efforts.

For more information on Sprint’s recycling programs go to www.sprint.com/recycle, or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter.


Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

*not a real word/creature.

**this is unlikely.