Refurbished cell phone

Richard Brown
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I need a new battery for my Samsung S6 Active and it is going to cost me $70 dollars plus postage to send it into Samsung for repair because it has the water seal and none of the local repair centers will touch it. I am thinking of getting a Samsung S7 Active because I don’t think the S8 is worth the price. I am thinking of getting a Refurbished which I have found for $245 or a new one for $474 both unlocked. I can get a one year warranty on Refurbished one for $54. Anyone had any experience with Refurbished cell phones? Do you think it is worth the extra $230 for a new phone?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
No. The refurbished phone with Warranty is a very decent deal and I would do this rather than fix the old or brand new. The additional warranty makes it worth it.

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Commented:
Thanks, have you had any experience with refurbished phones?
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I broke the glass on my Blackberry when they were popular. I purchase a like model on eBay for a fraction of the new cost and never looked back.

I purchase refurbished electronic gear for my workshop and all is well.

So given a warranty, you can do this with confidence.
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bbaoIT Consultant

Commented:
agree with John. basically, buy with confidence.

therefore, get an officially refurbished phone if possible. e.g. if you prefer Apple iPhones or other Apple products, you may see officially refurbished items from below link.

https://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/iphone
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
the repair costs much less than the refurbished one - so why not do that?  any reason ?

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Even before the battery issue, I had come to the conclusion that the S6 was the worst Samsung ever made. I believe that was why they came out with the S7. Currently my S6 does a notification whenever I get near a WiFi site. So I had to turn off sound notification but it still pops up, just no sound. I would love to be able to use notification again. Contacted Samsung previously but they could not fix that. The battery life is a lot better on the S7.
bbaoIT Consultant

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i had to turn off sound notification but it still pops up

have you tried the steps given in below official guide? please read the Block App Notiification section.

https://www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00066395/
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
tx for the clarification
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
I am the owner of a Samsung S5 and a S7 Edge and can give you my first hand experience.

My experience focuses on usability and hardware design.

S5 is good for user replaceable battery and durability in case of drop from a height.

S7 is good for built-in wireless charging and larger internal storage and waterproof.

For S5 and S7, you have microsd card slot while S6 omitted it in exchange of adding waterproof feature.

Samsung has a mass database of user preference but it did make mistakes from generation to generation and the biggest mistake was the well known Note 7 disaster.

Just buying a refurbished phone is no good idea if you understand how to make best use of your Android smartphone.

All my Android smartphones which can outlive two years are only second hands one as the premium to buy a new or refurbished one is just too high for me.

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I contacted the Samsung office and they could not figure out why the notification of WiFi sites kept coming up on. I even did a factory reset but still no help. When I had the notification sound on it would go off whenever I drove with connection range of WiFi sites.
bbaoIT Consultant

Commented:
> When I had the notification sound on it would go off

take a screenshot of it and upload it here for review?
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Your problem is not related to hardware and all Samsung Galaxy S6 or above have the same problem.

Samsung has removed the feature to remove WiFi notification and you need to root your phone to do so.

"download wanam csc expert features app from playstore.

search for wifi

find wifi_configwifinotificationstyle

erase ATT (leave blank)

Save

Restart"

Source: https://forum.xda-developers.com/att-galaxy-s6/help/remove-persistent-wifi-notification-t3094691

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Commented:
Thanks for all the help my son ordered me a Refurbished Samsung S8 Active from Ebay but I am going to attempt to use the instruction to see if I can get the notification issue removed
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Thanks for the update and I was glad to help you

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