Why buy new, when you can buy used?

Here at Fone Store we believe that buying a brand new phone in this day and age isn’t just expensive, it’s foolish! What you guys may be unaware of is that 95% of our stock comes from the original boxes that are sold to us as ‘used mobiles’ from larger companies. These handsets are only deemed as second hand or used because they have been returned by customers within 14 days as the original customer may have changed their mind. So what we are trying to say is that our devices might be titled as used or second hand but really the phones we sell are at highest quality of their grade and show the lowest signs of use that you can find on the market today… So why buy new when you can buy used!?

To give you more of an idea of how confident we are of the quality of our phones; here is our standard iPhone 6 Plus in pristine conditon:

 

Our used phones not only are considerably cheaper than brand new phones, they come with a generous 14 day money back guarantee in case you wish to change your mind. What’s more is that we give a humungous 12 Month warranty with each and every handset we sell plus free delivery – whilst some other companies charge £4.99.

Free Delivery on all Fone Store orders!

Just in case you hadn’t already noticed – Fone Store have added Royal Mail 48 hour as a delivery option. In the past, if a Fone Store order did not total £39.99 or more – a DPD delivery charge of £4.95 would be added. Although we have enjoyed great success with the DPD next day delivery system currently in place, we felt that Fone Store customers undershooting the free delivery charge should not be disadvantaged and have to pay for delivery. We hope this enables customers looking for cheap second hand phones in the UK, who were previously put off by delivery charges, the chance to make a Fone Store purchase. We’re a thoughtful bunch aren’t we?

Whether you’re looking to buy a cheap second hand phone or even just some accessories for your current phone, Fone Store really are the go-to guys in the UK. Fone Store stock a range of second hand phones from the leading phone manufacturers (Samsung, Apple, Sony, LG, Motorola, Blackberry, Nokia, and HTC) and pride ourselves on being the cheapest around. Being the consumer centric company that we are, we understand some customers may have negative connotations about buying a second hand mobile. That’s why we reassure customers that if their purchases don’t meet the standards required, Fone Store offer a 14 day stress free returns scheme whereby any order can be sent back free and refunded!  Alongside the 14 day stress free returns scheme, any order placed on the Fone Store site is also accompanied with a staggering 12 Month warranty! There’s a reason we’re regarded as the number 1 in category on TrustPilot and we’re confident that the service we provide will change any negativity you guys may already have towards buying a cheap used mobile phone. As mentioned in a previous blog post, there are countless benefits to buying a used mobile phone. If you have any questions or queries, feel free to contact us via [email protected] or the live chat! We’re happy to help!

Why Buy From Fone Store?

Some of you may be wondering where to buy second hand phones and how you can minimise the risks associated with buying second hand.

Well, we at Fone Store believe that using an online retailer is one of the safest options available to the public.  Yes – you may be able to make a quick purchase at a car boot sale but there no way of assuring yourself that what you’ve bought is a legitimate working handset. Many times a lost or stolen mobile phone is purchased at a cheap price only to be subject of an account lock or blacklist after a short period of time, leaving you with a dud handset.  Even if the seller isn’t pulling a fast one, there’s no guarantee that the device has been fully tested.

Warranty:  Fone Store rigorously test every purchase. Our confidence in our test protocol means we are able to provide 12 Month Warranty on all purchases. We trust our test protocol, you should to.  Alongside our 12 Month warranty which covers any device that develops a fault during said period, we also offer a 14 days quibble free returns scheme whereby if for any reason you have a change of heart regarding your purchase, you can ship us the device back free of charge.

Next Day Delivery: Nobody likes a long wait. Especially when you’re waiting for your pristine condition second hand mobile phone to be delivered! Other companies may offer a service whereby next day delivery can be selected for an additional fee, however, we at Fone Store don’t believe this a cost than should be passed onto the consumer. That’s why Fone Store offer a FREE Next Day Delivery service. Order before 15.00 to receive your parcel the NEXT DAY!

Price/Quality Trade off : Sometimes price can be an accurate reflection of quality. That’s honestly not the case at Fone Store. We offer the best quality used mobile phones at the cheapest prices! We believe that no other retailers scrutinise their handsets to the same extent Fone Store do. If there’s a smidgen of doubt whether one of our used phones is anything other than ‘Like new’, we won’t sell this gadget in ‘Pristine’ condition.

Customer Satisfaction: Nothing assures a consumer more than a series of glowing reviews regarding the seller. This is another area where Fone Store excel. We have firmly established ourselves at the top of best in category.

Need we say anymore? If you’re looking where to buy second hand phones – Fone Store offer the cheapest and best quality second hand mobile phones on the market!

Peculiar Nokia phones of the past

With some strange and wonderful design ideas for their phones, Nokia have led the way with innovation. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not, but they seem set on challenging traditional ideas so with the new range of Nokia phones set to be released in the near future we decided to cast our eyes back at some of the more interesting devices.

2005

Nokia 3250

With a bottom part of the phone that could twist around to reveal mps controls, this was perfect for music lovers.

Nokia 6800

A flip out, full QWERTY keyboard gave two typing options for the user allowing a choice of typing methods.

Nokia 7260

Basic but stylish, this phone had a definitive silver ‘S’ shape on the front cover and downloadable polyphonic ringtones.

Nokia 7280

A spinner, like on early iPods, replaced the traditional keypad for the ‘lipstick phone’. It was also quite small so was easy to lose.

Nokia 7370

More for fashion conscious users, these phones featured stylish designs and a 180 degree swivel screen.

Nokia N90

Swivelling the screen could transform your phone into a camcorder, and with a 2MP camera with flash made it a good phone for amateur film makers.

2004

Nokia 7710

This was Nokia’s first touchscreen phone, costing around £500 on release. With similarities in appearance to a sat nav this phone has a 1MP camera that could also shoot video, and could play mp3’s and access the internet.

2003

Nokia 2300

A simple phone with games like Snake 2 and snake impact+ it also had front and back covers that could be swapped out to customise your phone.

Nokia 3200

With many art deco designed covers this phone looked just like previous budget phones with the exception of its circular keys.

Nokia N-Gage

Meant to combine gaming with mobile phones this phone failed at both, with customers finding it poor as a gaming device or phone.

Nokia 7600

One of the weirdest designs that Nokia have released, this phone required both hands to hold. Its teardrop shape earned it the nickname ‘the adult tamogotchi’.

Nokia 7700

Announced in 2003, this phone never went on sale but would have been the first phone with touchscreen, web browser, camera and radio included.

Nokia 8910i

This phone was made purely of metal so was always cold. It was marketed as one of Nokia’s first ‘business’ phones

2002

Nokia g201I Communicator

More of a mini laptop than a phone, the communicator could text, send picture messages, faxes and emails, could open and view documents and attachments and even play videos. It also had a full QWERTY keyboard.

Nokia 3650

With a circular keyboard this phone had a very peculiar shape. The 3650 had an advanced software system however, making it one of the more advanced phones of its day.

2001

Nokia 5510

A sideways phone with 45 keys for easier texting this phone cost around £200 on release.

iOS Vs Android

Since its introduction back in 2007, Android has come a very long way. It has become popular for companies and consumers alike due to its customisation options and how easy it is to adapt it to what you need from it. This being said, iOS still has a few aces up its sleeve that Android struggles to emulate.

iCloud

With iCloud on iOS you can rest assured that all of your photos, data and even settings and app layout are kept safe so that if you have to change devices you can just download it and continue as before. Although Android has some of these functions it can be fragmented with one app handling pictures, another handling contacts and requires the user to search for different apps in the store to ensure they have everything they wish saved kept safe.

Continuity between devices

iOS excels with interconnectivity between its devices, allowing a user to continue typing a text from one device and finishing on another, or making and receiving calls on any device using your mobile number. This is something Android suffers from as you have limited options when switching devices, and normally require certain apps to aid with this.

Regular updates

Every iOS device bought comes with the guarantee of updates for at least a few years, with even the iPhone 5 from 2012 able to run the latest iOS 10.

Android users will be well aware that this isn’t the same for their devices. Most Android devices will receive updates regularly for a while but when a new version of Android comes out it is almost like they give up on the old one in favour of the new version, so many will have to upgrade their device to stay up to date. This problem stems from what makes android so successful, its customisation. Because companies have free reign to adapt and tweak the OS to their liking it can make regular updates problematic as not all updates will be compatible.

Widgets on the lock screen

Another thing where Android could benefit from iOS ideas is its lock screen widgets. Being on the lock screen means that the home screen is kept clutter free and the widgets are quicker to access, having to just swipe left on the lock screen to access them. It would be interesting to see if Android does adopt this idea as Android widgets tend to be more powerful and efficient but currently take up valuable home screen space.

‘Human’-like Assistant

Siri has been a favourite for many for years, with her human like personality, ability to read poems and tell jokes, she makes asking questions very interactive and easy. The same can’t be said for her Android cousins, who only pull up responses to direct questions and the whole experience feels like interacting with a lifeless machine. The new Google assistant for the Google Pixel looks to have improvements in this area but still has a way to go before it can compare with Siri.

If Android and iOS could be blended into one perfect operating system it would truly be a thing of beauty. Both have positives and negatives to them and could definitely benefit from borrowing each other’s ideas

12 Strange Accessories For Your Phone

We all want our phones to stand out and have cool accessories, but some of the things on sale are just weird. Take a look at 12 of the strangest ideas we have found for you.

Solo cam

  • Another Selfie stick adaption, this one allows you to broadcast or record interviews and vlogs and even comes with a reporter style microphone.

Cell Mate

  • A metal headband that stretches over your head to hold your phone for you. Surely Bluetooth is a better idea?

TV hat

  • This hat allows you to attach a phone and have a personal cinematic experience anywhere you are. You might attract some weird looks however when using this.

Panono 360 degree Camera

  • A panoramic camera device with 36 cameras, you throw the Panono into the air to take pictures.  You can then view them in the app on your smartphone. If you have butterfingers and drop things a lot you can always hold it or use a stick attachment.

Belfie

  • Want to take a decent booty pic but can’t get the angle? Well now there are Selfie sticks. For your bum….

Txtrng

  • Get more control over your texting with this accessory. Sure it might look a bit odd wearing it in public but you will never hit a wrong button again.

Toilet Roll Speaker

  • For people that get bored in the toilet and want to listen to some music, without having to hold their phone. Just attach your iPhone or iPod to it and sit back and relax……

BacTrack Breathalyser

  • Need to see if you are over the limit? Well use this and see instantly on your smartphone if you are safe to drive.

Payphone Adapter

  • Just plug this into your phone for that Payphone experience you’ve missed so much…..might make a nice novelty gift however.

Pet Tree

  • Take a bit of nature with you wherever you go. Probably meant for people that keep pet rocks too.

Usb Typewriter

  • Type up your letters, e-mails, and stories like a writer of old on this USB typewriter accessory for tablets. But at least the keys won’t get stuck on this version.

Windscreen Wiper

  • Never have problems with rain over your screen in the middle of a storm again. With this handy accessory your screen will stay clear and visible, although I’m not quite sure how you would use the touchscreen while it’s on……

30 Interesting Mobile Phone Facts You Never Knew

Mobile phones are a huge part of our lives now but it’s surprising at some of the things we don’t know about them. Just take a look at 30 interesting facts below.

  1. IBM launched the first smart phone back on the 16th August 1994. It had a touchscreen, stylus and came with preinstalled functions like an address book, calculator, calendar and note pad
  2. The Highest ever mobile phone bill was $201,000 and was charged to Celina Aarons. Celina’s brothers were deaf and mute and so communicated via text, one brother sent over 2000 texts and downloaded videos at a cost of over $2000 per vid whilst on a trip to Canada.
  3. The Guiness world record for the fastest texter is Sonja Kristiansen of Norway who was able to text the following message in 37.28 seconds “The razor-toothed piranhas of the general Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality, they seldom attack a human.”
  4. Your mobile phone has more computing power in it than the computer used for the Apollo 11 moon landing
  5. The first mobile phone call was in 1973 by Martin Cooper, a former Motorola inventor
  6. The first mobile phone was Motorola Dyna TAC 8000X and was invented in 1983 by Martin Copper, a senior employee at Motorola. It weighed around 1.1 kg, could only store 30 contacts and could only be used for around 30 minutes per charge. It went on sale in the USA at around $4000 each
  7. In Malaysia it is legal to divorce your spouse via text message
  8. 47% of millennial’s say that they use their smartphone to avoid people around them
  9. Mobile phones have 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles
  10. In Japan 90% of phones are waterproof as youngsters love them so much they take them everywhere including the shower
  11. Scientists have developed a way of charging a mobile phone using urine
  12. Apple’s iPhone consumes 20p worth of electricity each year if fully charged once a day
  13. 65% of smartphone users download no apps at all each month
  14. Apple’s iPhone has higher sales than everything Microsoft has on the market
  15. More people in the world have mobile phones than toilets
  16. Nomophobia is the fear of being without your mobile phone or losing signal
  17. Mobile phone throwing is an official sport in Finland
  18. The Nokia 1100 sold over 250million, making it the bestselling electrical gadget in history
  19. 100,000 phones are dropped down the toilet in the UK each year
  20. China has more internet users on mobile phones than PC’s
  21. So many Facebook photos and videos are uploaded from mobiles that it takes up 27% of upstream web traffic
  22. The technology behind smartphones relies on up to 250,000 separate patents
  23. 99% of all mobile Malware is targeted at android users
  24. Mobile phone radiation can cause insomnia, headaches and confusion
  25. The average person unlocks their phone 110 times per day
  26. 47% of smartphone owners say that they ‘couldn’t live without’ their smartphone
  27. In 2015 more people died from taking selfies than from shark attacks
  28.  The world’s most expensive iPhone 5 was worth $15 Million and was made from 135 grams of 24 carat gold and the chassis was inlaid with 600 white diamonds
  29. Android is owned by more than 80% of users in the world
  30. Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones in 2012 in just 14 weeks. That’s 340,000 phones a day, 262 phones per-minute and 4 phones per-second.

Five reasons to buy second hand phones

1. Price

A second hand Samsung S7 Edge + is currently £369.99 on Fone Store. If you want it box fresh you’ll have to fork out an extra £227 as the handset costs £597 brand new, which isn’t very wallet friendly. Price is the obvious place to start really, when you think about it, some of the latest models can cost over half a month’s wages to the average person. It certainly pays off to be a little patient and less particular about someone else having previously used the phone you want.

What about taking out a contract for an iPhone 7 Plus? Well, the 32GB model will cost you £55.99 a month for two years. Which sounds reasonable, until you realise that will be £1,343.76 after 24 months. That’s over £600 more than buying brand new at £719!  – Ouch! (£559.99 for an almost new one at Fone Store)

2. Less to lose if it goes wrong or missing

Sadly, despite the great leaps and bounds in smartphone technology, durability has gone backwards. Dropping you old Nokia in 2003 was a casual oops, but any slips with your brand new iPhone and you’re looking at repair bill to make your eyes water. What’s more, when you send your phone of to be fixed, it might not be the same one that comes back, instead some other refurbished phone of the same model will be sent out – so if you buy new and break it you’ll technically end up with second hand anyway!

So if you spend a little less on a phone that may have already seen some action, you’ll not be as disappointed if it breaks.

3. More options

Each brand roughly brings out one new model at a time. But if you buy used, there’s a whole back catalogue of phones from their primitive beginnings to the present day. Some quirky, some quality and some that are best left in the past.

4. A phone you love

You might not like the latest super phone. What if your favourite model is one you had a few years ago and the newer handsets haven’t lived up to the standard? You could find that one of a kind mobile, cheap and fully checked and tested ready for everyday use on Fone Store.

5. Good for the environment

Finally, and arguably most importantly, one less phone making its way to landfill is a good thing. The majority of manufactures have made big efforts to refurbish their products, but buying second will be a little step towards improving the environment.

Apple Watch: Why You Need To Get One

With the Apple Watch 3 hitting the market recently, interest in the Smartwatch sector is at an all time high. We have a look into the Apple Watch range, and see why having one of these devices can supplement your everyday life.

At its most basic, a Watch is designed to simply display the time to the wearer. The Apple Watch complies with this trend, with the screen flicking into life with a twist of the wrist. But as this is a Smartwatch it’s understandable to expect more, which is where the Apple Watch really comes into its own.

You can customise the face of the watch, to include features such as an Alarm, Weather, Pedometer, upcoming Calendar events and even the latest stocks, available at just a glance. You can have it notify you of the latest scores of your favourite team, contact Siri, or stream your music from your watch.

Many people use a Smartwatch as a personal health fitness tool. A lot of the marketing around the Apple Watch is focused on health and fitness, so Apple clearly see this as one of the main applications of the device. With built in Heart rate monitors, GPS, step counting and even amount of stairs climbed, the Apple Watch keeps you informed of your activity throughout the day. There’s also a dedicated “Workout” app that will also track Runs, Bike Rides and Swims, even giving you detailed maps of your routes taken.

For all users of the Apple Watch, one of the main benefits is that notifications appear directly on the watch. Get a message during an important meeting or class that you can’t check? Now you don’t need to pull your phone out to check it, just glance at your wrist. For notifications ranging from Facebook and Twitter messages, to turn-by-turn driving directions, the Apple Watch can really aid your everyday life.

The new Apple Watch 3 + Cellular even has basic phone and messaging features, allowing you to quickly reply to or answer incoming messages and calls, which is incredibly convenient if you leave your phone in a bag or charging elsewhere.

If any of these features are intriguing to you, then it is definitely worth giving the Apple Watch a go. Once you get one, you’ll wonder how you ever went without it.

Take a look at our selection of Apple Watches in stock, here.

Online Second-hand Tablet Shop

Looking for a great second-hand tablet shop? Want to buy online?

Tablet computer sales have recently been taking the bite out of laptops. When Steve Jobs first presented his Apple iPad to the world there may have first been some trepidation. However, it wasn’t long before it established itself as a highly viable consumer product. Today many companies are competing to create the most tech-savvy, advanced tablets available.

Part of tablets’ popular appeal is their portability. Their snug efficient fit inside people’s handbags and pockets make them perfect for long train journeys. Investing in a brand new tablet, however, isn’t necessarily the cheapest option for a lot of customers. Although they’re now more popular than ever, the prices for the best brands haven’t dropped significantly.

For the best online tablet shop, simply use Fone Store. We sell a great range of used tablets, most of which are in pristine condition. And when we promise great product conditions, we really mean it. We want to deliver the most high-quality goods at the most competitive prices. In fact, we are so confident of our quality levels, we even offer a 14 day money back scheme. As if that wasn’t enough, we also throw in a 180 day warranty for those that order direct.

Take a look at our fantastic range today.