The cost of mobile phones is always changing. Getting the full featured cellphone for under a hundred dollars usually only occurs when one signs a long term plan with a cellular carrier. uBreakiFix has some nice tips on this. Otherwise, one is looking at hundreds of dollars for a cellphone that is still tied to a carrier, but just not locked into a contract. Sometimes, the cellphone one desires is still too expensive, even with subsidies. Here is a plan for utilizing reconditioned mobile phones to get the awesome phone one wants without costing a fortune.
Reconditioned mobile phones are often sold as refurbished. These refurbished cellphones come with pluses and minuses. The plus is the seller backs them, which is often the cellular carrier. Some department stores also sell them. So, if anything goes wrong one has recourse for a replacement or refund. The minus is that the models available for refurbished cellphones are limited. Refurbished cellphones have to be sold in bulk. That means that somehow the refurbisher got a lot of cell phones of a single model to rework. Typically, this was in the form of a recall that easily got the recalled phone fixed, tested, and packaged for resale. It could also be that older phones have time to be recycled and collected for refurbishment.
How one may be able to get their dream phone less expensively is to work on a reconditioned mobile phone project. The first step is to find the phone they want. Asking friends who may have damaged theirs and gotten a replacement. Ask for the damaged phone. Another route is to search pawnshops, though they may not be displaying damaged phones, one can ask to look through their throwaway or recycle collection. Some even keep a five-dollar (or something similar) bin. Finally, keep tabs online at eBay and Craigslist, someone may be trying to give away or sell for cheap a non-working phone.
The next step is to get a reconditioned mobile phone working. The biggest secret in the cellular industry is the inexpensive cost of cellular repair. There are a lot of cell phone repair shops in urban areas that can get cell phones operating again. These shops are inexpensive and quick (often while you wait). Take the phone and have it repaired. Most likely the final bill will be way under a hundred dollars.