is a " certified pre owned" replacement just as good as a "new" phone?

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    Iv heard complaints abt refurbished phones but never really looked into it?
    What's ur thoughts?
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    Yes. If you get a bad one just have them replace it until you are satisfied.
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    I've owned several of them and have not had issues. In fact they have worked quite well for me and in many cases outlasted their brand new counterparts

    But I have also seen where people do have issues so it could be hit or miss.

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    I say that for the most part, a "refurbished" phone is every bit as good as a new phone, for one very good reason...most phones being replaced - especially those replaced in the first few weeks of ownership are replaced for either unrealistic expectations (such as "my old phone used to go for 5 days without a charge, but I have to charge this every day or two"), buyer's remorse, user error, poor battery charging practices, or software conflicts. In other words...nothing to do with the hardware at all.

    Then, a great percentage that are replaced for "bad battery" are in fact 100% perfectly functional and the battery isn't the problem...once again it's unrealistic expectations, user error, poor charging practices or software conflicts. In fact, statistically it is reported that some 90% of all battery related replacements test well in the range of good.

    Finally, if there was a problem that was hardware related, in all liklihood it's been identified and resolved, so if you're getting THAT phone as a replacement for the one you had, you're getting a phone that isn't going to have the problem it was returned for. In other words, you may be avoiding a yet-undetected problem with a new one, whereas the CLNR has been put to the test, failed, was repaired, and now is problem-free.

    In fact, the MAXX I own now is a replacement for the RAZR I sent back because the battery was too small in the RAZR for my usage pattern. This MAXX is the MAX!! I am at 80% with over 8 hours of use so far today...granted it's been resting most of the day, but still, almost 9 hours and only 20% consumed.
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    My certified pre-owned Droid X lasted maybe 7 months, just long enough to get me out of that one year replacement warranty from my original X.

    The gps on my original X stopped working maybe 8 months in. The replacement lasted about 7 months before the screen started getting huge blacked out spots on it, which led to me getting my MaX.

    Not sure if that is helpful, but it is my experience.

    I picked the insurance plan that replaces your phone with a brand new phone instead of the certified replacement after my experience above.
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    Well thanks fella's... Iguess its just a hit or miss
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    I went through 3 OG Droid all having to deal with speaker issues. The one I got on launch day lasted me 9mo, then I got a refurb that lasted me maybe 9hrs LOL!

    They're CLNR because they would pass for a new phone, but it was used before. Means whatever was wrong with it before was fixed, but that doesn't eliminate the possibility of another problem arising.
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    Ok well thanks fella's..i was posting this cause a guy at work is lookin for a new droid an I told him to go online at verizon and get a pre owned phone cause there cheaper and the same...then I was like o wait, are they? Lol
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    I bought a CLNR Galaxy tab original. Still runs perfectly after nearly a year.
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    Just depends. My D2 is a refurb replacement and works without issue.
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