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EE 'Good As New': Everything you need to know

13th October 2021

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Smartphones can be expensive, especially when coupled with unlimited data or a 5G contract, but EE’s Good As New service aims to minimise the sting on your wallet by offering good as new 4G and 5G phones and tablets for discounted prices.

It’s a bit like buying a refurbished device, but better, as said device is almost new and in perfect condition.

Here’s everything you need to know about Good As New, including exactly what it is, what you can get, and the sorts of prices you’ll have to pay.

What is Good As New?

A ‘Good As New’ device is a phone or tablet which has been purchased by an EE customer and returned within 14 days.

To qualify for the service the product must be free of scratches and other noticeable marks, and EE will ensure that all data is erased, the device is returned to its factory settings, it’s packaged in its original packaging, and is supplied with a battery and charger.

Good As New devices are also extensively tested, to make sure they live up to the name. They also can’t have been in for repair or have a known fault.

Plus, all devices will come with a 12-month manufacturer warranty, just like a truly new device would, and you’re even entitled to return them within 14 days, just like the person before you was and did.

So in every way that counts they really are as good as new. They may not have been used at all and if they have then 14 days or less isn’t enough time for the battery to have been at all worn down or anything, and they’ll look new, because if they don’t they’re not sold on as Good As New devices.

If anything does go wrong, they’re covered under warranty anyway, so you can have the same peace of mind as if you’d bought a new product.

Yet because they’re not quite new EE is offering them on Pay Monthly plans for lower prices. That could mean money off up front or money off your monthly bill, or both, with a maximum saving of £120 at the time of writing.

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What’s available and at what prices?

Good As New devices are available exclusively from EE’s online shop – so you won’t be able to get them in store.

The selection at the time of writing includes loads of phones plus tablets and smartwatches – though the exact selection will of course fluctuate based on what devices are returned to EE.

iPhone 12 Pro Good As New plus loads more

Current smartphone highlights include a 128GB iPhone 12 Pro, which starts at just £54 per month plus £100 upfront for unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of data. If bought new that same plan would cost £59 per month – adding up to an extra £120 over the two-year life of the contract.

Other high-end phones available on Good As New include the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which starts at £60 per month plus £100 upfront, and the Samsung Galaxy S21, starting from £40 per month plus £100 upfront, both of which are also substantial savings.

And while we’re highlighting the lowest contract prices for these phones here, you can also get them with up to unlimited data, or on a plan with Smart Benefits, and you’ll still pay a lot less than you would for them new.

There’s also a selection of mid-range and lower end handsets on Good As New, such as the Oppo Find X3 Lite, Google Pixel 4a and iPhone SE (2020), all at a bargain price.

Over in smartwatch land meanwhile you can currently get a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 from just £18 per month, or a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic from £22 per month. That’s with 4GB of data and no upfront cost. And there are often similarly great offers on tablets.

So Good As New is a great way to get a bargain on a phone, watch or tablet, and as this is EE you’ll be on arguably the fastest 4G network too, and one which has a rapidly growing amount of 5G coverage.

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Editorial Manager

James has been writing for us for over 10 years. Currently, he is Editorial Manager for our group of companies ( 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk) and sub-editor at TechRadar. He specialises in smartphones, mobile networks/ technology, tablets, and wearables.

In the past, James has also written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media, Smart TV Radar, and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV. He has a film studies degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury, and has over a decade’s worth of professional writing experience.

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