Compare Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 refurbished deals

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Compare refurbished Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 mobile phone deals

Buying a mobile phone - whether outright or through a mobile contract deal - can be an expensive business, especially as smartphones get more and more sophisticated. One way to reduce your costs is with a refurbished handset of last year's model - it's a significantly cheaper option.

What is a refurbished phone?

A refurbished phone is one that used to belong to someone else. It's been repaired and refitted, had its memory wiped and restored to factory settings, but it probably won't come in the original packaging or complete with all its accessories.

There are lots of reasons why phones get refurbished: it may be that the previous owner wanted to upgrade; the phone had a fault and was sent back for repair; or it was a company phone which was no longer needed.

The bottom line is a refurbished phone can be a lot cheaper than a new one.

You can compare refurbished phone deals using our price comparison table. Use the filters to find the best deal for Samsung Galaxy A3 2017. You can search by minutes, texts and data, and by Average Monthly Cost and Total Contract Cost.

What are the benefits of buying a refurbished phone?

The biggest reason for going down the refurbished phone route is cost. Simply put, a refurbished phone deal is usually a lot cheaper than a brand new one - particularly if you're considering flagship handsets from Apple and Samsung.

It's worth bearing in mind that while a refurbished phone is technically second hand, most used items offered for sale don't get the care and attention that a refurb gets. Your refurbished phone has had its OS reinstalled from scratch and will have been properly tested.

Refurbished phone plans are more flexible, as you can go SIM-only. You'll also have more control over which mobile provider to select - and you're doing your bit for the environment!

The downside is there's a chance your phone could look a little used with some scratches and chips; and even though refurbs get a full overhaul, hardware problems and faulty parts can still be an issue. Also, most refurbished phones are older models.

Find a cheap refurbished Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 phone deal

It's easy to find a cheap refurbished phone deal by using our price comparison tool.

Compare Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 refurbished deals by adjusting the search filters. Select the minutes, texts and data allowances that suit your needs - as well as contract length. You can also order your search by Average Monthly Cost and Total Contract Cost.

Search for other manufacturers and handsets using the Handset dropdown - and then compare the best refurbished mobile contract deals.

Looking for sim only deal?

If you decide to buy a refurbished phone, you may also consider a separate SIM-only deal to go with it. If so, you have several options open to you:

  • Pay-As-you-go SIMs - Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) can be expensive where you top up with credit and are charged per minute. The cheaper option is a PAYG bundle, which includes buying a package of minutes, texts and data with your credit once you've topped up. Find the best PAYG SIMs
  • Short-term SIM deals - If you're looking for flexibility from your mobile plan, then a rolling 30-day SIM-only contract is a good option. You're only tied in for a month and you can use your SIM card in any unlocked phone. Find Short-term SIM-only deals
  • SIM-only deals with cashback - Some SIM-only deals include a cashback bonus. If you're looking for a little extra, take a look at our cashback deals - you can filter by network and select your minutes, texts and data requirements. Find SIM-only deals with cashback

Use the price comparison table to compare SIM-only deals. You can search by network, contract length and set your minutes, texts and data requirements to find the best SIM-only deals available.

Can refurbished phones be used on any network?

In most cases you can use a refurbished phone on any network, but if there's a particular network you want to use, check upfront with the retailer when you buy your refurbished handset.

There are a number of networks that offer mobile plans with refurbished phones, such as EE, O2, giffgaff and Vodafone.

Unlocked refurbished phones

An unlocked refurbished phone is a handset that can be used on any network. Regardless of the deal you go for, you're free to mix and match your handset with any network provider - with one exception. An Apple device will lock to the first SIM provider inserted, so it's important you always check the small print.

Can I keep my number?

Yes, it's easy to keep your number. Once you've decided on your new mobile contract, you'll need to ask your existing network for a PAC code (Porting Authorisation Code). It's usually three letters and six numbers long and won't cost you a thing. You now have 30 days to pass this code to your new network. See our guide for more information.

Is it better to buy a used or refurbished phone?

A used phone comes with all its technical faults and system issues, so you're potentially taking a big risk buying one. A refurbished phone can still experience problems, but as it's been tested, checked over and had its OS overhauled, it's a much safer bet - and if you buy from a respected retailer, will come with a warranty.

Are refurbished phones any good?

It all depends on what your priorities are when buying a phone. A refurbished phone can save you a lot of money, particularly on a flagship model from Apple or Samsung. However, it has been used before, so it could well come with some physical chips and scrapes; and even though it's been tested and overhauled, it's important to remember this is not a box-fresh factory phone and could develop technical faults.

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 Information

The Galaxy A3 is one of the leading Samsung smartphones, and one of the most affordable handsets on the market. For the price (its hundreds of pounds cheaper than its competitors), it has excellent capabilities and the looks to match.


Despite being the cheapest Galaxy A on the market, Samsung have not cut corners. The A3 2017 has the same sleek and attractive design and construction as the more expensive models.

It has a certain 'bling' effect to it, with an all-metal rim, a curved 3D glass back and slightly shimmery effect to its front bezels.

The curved back and the size of the phone means that it sits in the palm comfortably, making use with one hand effortless.

Something that had irritated past Galaxy owners is the rear camera bump on the back of the phone. Samsung have clearly taken note, and now the bump has been removed, meaning it can sit comfortably on a flat surface.

Right below the screen is located the physical home button, which is equipped with a fingerprint sensor, which is snappy and makes life easier.

The Galaxy A3 is up to IP68 standards, which means it is waterproof and dustproof (which is super impressive for such a low cost phone). This means the smartphone can be submerged up to 1.5m in depth for up to 30 minutes.

The phone is available in a variety of colours, including Blue Mist, Black Sky, Gold Sand and Peach cloud (pink).


The Galaxy A3 2017 display is 4.7 inch, which makes it the most compact of the Galaxy phones.

The super AMOLED screen ensures contrast and saturated colours plus, wide viewing angles, which presents a perfectly sharp picture. The quality of the display is incredible for the price.

One major advantage of the Galaxy A3's AMOLED display is that Samsung has been able to implement its 'Always On Display' feature. This means you can have a clock or calendar on the screen at all times, which is super useful.

Additionally, the sturdy Gorilla Glass 4 makes sure that the screen is protected from scratches, although you may want to consider putting it in a case as the glass can make it slippery.


The Galaxy A3 2017 battery has a capacity of 2350mAh, which is pretty middle of the road.

To keep the handset running for longer, within the battery menu, you will find two modes that limit its consumption. The first one makes a few minor restrictions that could increase the battery life between charges, while the second 'Ultra Power' limits the maximum screen brightness to 80%, the performance of the mobile chip and also mobile data.

With decent phone use, the battery should last just over 23 hours, which means you only really have to charge at night rather than through the day with some handsets.


The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 comes with the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. This isn't the latest version as Google has released Android 7.0 Nougat, although it is still fun and snappy to use.

As standard with Samsung, the handset comes with TouchWiz UI on top of Marshmallow.


Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 works with the Xynos 7 Octa 7870 mobile processor, which has eight cores. It is powerful and fast, meaning you can load apps, record video, have multiple apps processing all at one time without it feeling sluggish.

Along with it comes the Mali-T830 GPU as well as 2GB of RAM.


For a low cost premium smartphone, the camera is certainly impressive.

The main camera is 13MP and it also offers f/1.9 aperture, LED flash as well as the ability to film a Full HD video.

Once the camera app is open, slide right and you will see all sorts of camera modes, including panorama, night mode, food photography as well as HDR. If you slide to the left however, there you will find a huge list of filters to recreate that Instagram look.

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