So just purchased 2 CPO iPhone 5S phones. Im anxious as I wonder about the cosmetic condition of these phones as well as battery. Are the batteries replaced with NEW ones or am I going to get a phone with a 2 year old worn out battery and buttons that barely work?
If you have purchased the phones from Sprint, then there is nothing to worry about. They inspect, re-manufacture and test to meet or exceed all Sprint Quality Standards. Also, as per Sprint's terms and conditions, you will be charged with $36.00 as an upgrade fee because the pre-owned device will be getting activated for the first time on the Sprint Servers.
If you have purchased the phones from a 3rd party store or website, then you will not be charged for any upgrade fees however, there are many things that you should keep in mind before purchasing. Below mentioned are those points:
Hope this helps...feel free to ask if you have more questions... I'll help..
I signed up as a new customer, and since my credit is a little shaky, most of the phones required a down payment. I chose the refurb CPO iPhone 5s because it was a zero down phone despite my credit. will i still be charged activation fees?
Yes. Most certainly. You will be charged with the activation fees of $36.00 plus taxes. Activation fees are charged when a Sprint Account is opened or a new line is added to an existing account. So, irrespective of the fact you purchase a new phone or an old phone, you will be charged.
This is a one time fees as per the terms and conditions. Next time you will be charged with an upgrade fees of $36.00 plus taxes when you upgrade your existing lines in 20 months to get a new device.
Hope this information helps.
Sprint's CPO phones are a tremendous bargain and are, to my extremely critical eyes, indistinguishable from new devices. We bought TWO iPhone 4S 16 Gb phones and they looked and worked like factory-fresh phones. We've been using them for almost 4 years and only yesterday did I finally decide to cross grade to the new iPhone SE - and that was only because I wanted more than 16 Gb of RAM. My 4S is still working and I'm keeping it as a spare, in case my son's identical phone breaks or fails.
I see I'm a bit late with this post so I hope your own experiences with your CPO phones was as positive as ours. Peace and good wishes all!