Should I Buy A Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Phone As A Christmas Gift?

Christmas always seems to come so much sooner than you expect. Another year flies past, and before you know it, carols and decorations are everywhere, and you’re fretting over what to buy your loved ones. Smartphones are small, simple to wrap up and easy to fit under the tree, but they can also be expensive. Buying used smartphones is much more affordable but can also feel like a roll of the dice in terms of quality. And what if they don’t come with warranties?

Refurbished phones offer a solution: a best-of-both-worlds alternative that combines the price of a second-hand smartphone with the quality of a brand-new one.

If you have a partner, family member or friend who prefers Android smartphones, Samsung is the most popular Android brand, and its quality and features are exceptional. The long list of benefits of Samsung smartphones includes their tight security, strong privacy settings, excellent high-resolution cameras and exclusive access to Samsung’s Galaxy Store.

If you’ve found yourself asking, ‘Should I buy a refurbished Samsung phone as a gift this Christmas?’, OzMobiles has plenty of options for you. In this article, we’ll touch on the level of quality you can expect from refurbished smartphones, some popular Samsung smartphones and why second-hand Samsung smartphones make great Christmas gifts!


What Are Refurbished Phones?


A refurbished phone is a pre-owned or used phone that a manufacturer or retailer has restored to full working order.  Most refurbished smartphones have had previous owners, but some – known as ‘ex-demo’ phones – have only been removed from their boxes to be displayed in retail stores. Refurbished phones have been put through a long process to guarantee their quality that includes replacing software, erasing all of the previous owner’s personal data and checking that the microphone, the keypad, the battery and every other part of the smartphone are in good working order.

Most refurbished smartphones are sold in grades according to how much wear and tear they’ve sustained. But most only have minor damage, such as the odd chip or crack, that doesn’t affect how the phone functions. Quality-wise, refurbished smartphones are almost identical to new ones, if not indistinguishable.

Whether you’re stuffing stockings or playing Secret Santa, this should help you make up your mind about whether you should buy a refurbished Samsung phone.


Popular Refurbished Samsung Smartphones

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There are a lot of second-hand Samsung smartphones on the market, so which one should you choose when it comes to doing your Christmas shopping? Some of the most popular refurbished Samsung smartphones offering the greatest value include:

Samsung Galaxy S23

Released in February 2023, Samsung Galaxy’s S23 range is a trio of smartphones that set standards for other Android phones to follow for the rest of the year. The three phones have some things in common, like the awesome power of the Snapdragon 8 chipset, and some important differences too in features like their screens and battery lives. While all three have impressive camera setups, the Samsung Galaxy S23 has a 108MP main camera with a 200MP that lets you shoot an image and then crop it without losing detail.

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung’s flagship smartphone of 2019 still holds its own, with long battery life, a sharp, clear screen and a triple-rear camera with anti-blur software. The Snapdragon chip gives this slim, light phone plenty of memory, and the 6.1-inch display allows you to see the results of the 10MP selfie camera in amazing detail.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G has both a handy foldable design and S Pen support. The benefits don’t stop there, either. This smartphone is a multitasking triumph with a durable waterproof design and dual 120Hz displays. Pricey when it was first released, it’s now a score when you buy it refurbished.


Benefits of Buying a Refurbished Samsung Phone


If you’re shopping for a gift for an Android lover, a Samsung Galaxy smartphone is always a safe bet. But there are also some unique benefits that refurbished smartphones, in particular, provide. Here are some of the top reasons why you should buy a refurbished Samsung phone for Christmas:

Refurbished phones are cheaper… sometimes MUCH cheaper

Refurbished smartphones vary in price, but most of them cost much less than their new counterparts. Generally, you can save hundreds of dollars when you buy refurbished, and some models have massive savings of $1000+. That means more money in your bank account for essentials, smartphone accessories or, in this case, other Christmas gifts!

You get a warranty

If you’ve bought second-hand phones online through private sales before, there’s probably one thought that always goes through your mind: ‘What if something goes wrong and I can’t get my money back?’ Refurbished smartphones come with warranties, so the quality of your purchase is always protected.

Unlocked phones

Not only has the previous owner’s data been wiped, but refurbished phones are also unlocked. You don’t have to finish up a contract with any particular carrier. Just pop your SIM card in, and you can start using the phone immediately.

Good for the environment

Every mobile phone that gets thrown in the trash ends up in a landfill, where it impacts the local environment and the health of the people who live there. 10% of all e-waste (electronic waste) comes from mobile phones alone. Buying a refurbished smartphone helps keep good working phones in circulation and harmful chemicals out of the soil.


Buy Second-Hand Samsung Galaxy Phones at OzMobiles

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For second-hand Samsung smartphones that you can count on, check out OzMobiles’ range. Both you and your loved one are sure to have a happy Christmas when they receive a high-quality Samsung phone, and you save hundreds of bucks.


We know that Christmas shopping stretches many people’s budgets. Because we don’t want you to miss out on buying the right mobile phone, we aim to make it easier to pay. If you find a better deal on the same phone elsewhere, we beat that price by $10 – that’s our price-beat guarantee! You can also buy now and pay later in instalments through ZipPay, AfterPay or PayPal Pay in 4. Plus, Every device we sell comes with a 12-month warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.    


If you have any questions or need any help choosing your new Samsung smartphone, contact the OzMobiles team

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