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What’s the difference between a cheap phone and an inexpensive one? Saving money doesn’t have to mean compromising quality. There’s a stigma about buying a used phone—or a used “anything,” really. But, you don’t have to buy a pre-owned cell phone at the flea market and hope you got a good deal. AT&T Certified Restored phones guarantee a phone with a 90-day warranty and 14-day no-risk return policy. Plus, you’ll find amazing deals of up to 75% off!

What’s a Certified Restored device?

AT&T Certified Restored phones and tablets are:

  • Thoroughly inspected
  • Independently tested
  • Reconditioned to like-new condition

For example, an AT&T Certified Restored device may get a new screen or housing. It’s updated with the latest software. Then, it has to pass a quality inspection to make sure the device works and looks as good as new.


  • Top-rated phones and tablets
  • Eco-conscious reuse
  • Low-end prices

What’s a Certified Pre-Owned device?

If you’d like a great cell phone but don’t care if it’s shiny-new, a Certified Pre-Owned device might be the used phone for you. AT&T Certified Pre-Owned devices have minor scratches or light scuffs. However, you can expect them to work just like a new phone because they’ve been thoroughly inspected and tested.


  • 14-day, risk-free return policy
  • Independent testing
  • 7-point hardware and system check

What’s the difference?

There are 3 differences between the 2 types of used phones:

  1. Certified Restored devices have a 90-day warranty. Pre-Owned devices don’t have warranties.
  2. Certified Restored devices look brand new. Certified Pre-Owned devices may have minor scratches or scuffs.
  3. Certified Restored prices are really low—up to 75% off! But Certified Pre-Owned devices can cost even less to offset the lack of a warranty.

So, now you have 2 great ways to save on your next cell phone or tablet. You don’t have to spend full price for a new device. You can save a bunch with Certified Restored devices, and even more with Certified Pre-Owned phones and tablets. To learn more and ask questions about your specific device, go to the AT&T Community Forums.

This article was written by an AT&T employee. The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.

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