**Here at e2save, we’re renowned for selling the best value smartphones at rock bottom prices. But if you’re unsure what to consider when buying low-cost handsets, check out our handy guide below. **We’ll walk you through the jargon, show you how to find the cheapest deals and let you know the insider tips that will stop you buying a lemon!

New vs Refurbished

Have you ever wondered what happens to the smartphones that get returned when someone has a ‘I shouldn’t have bought that’ moment or the phone has a small fault? Well, even though the phone may have been used for just 10 minutes it can’t be resold as new.

Instead the smartphone is fully checked out, repaired if needed and offered as ‘refurbished’ or ‘clearance’. Some may not like the idea but if you don’t mind opting for a nearly-new handset, then it’s time to cash in and get a refurbished smartphone at a knocked down price!

Cashback vs Gift

We all know e2save is famous for free gifts, but do you really need a free camera when you are already buying a top notch camera phone? Unless you are buying a smartphone at Christmas, choosing a cashback deal might pay better dividends.

[![Cashback vs gift](http://blog.cpwonlinesolutions.com/community/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cashback-vs-gift.jpg)](http://www.e2save.com/community/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cashback-vs-gift.jpg)Cashback, lovely cashback!
When you search for a budget smartphone, remember to consider whether you are better off taking a cashback deal by redemption or auto cashback. Redemption usually pays more in long run, but auto cashback offers a no-nonsense lump sum up-front!

Old vs New

When searching for a cheap smartphone remember to consider devices that were designed as a great value option against last year’s flagship phone.

Some handsets might be a couple of years old in theory, but with top of the range specs compared to basic phones, you might be able to get a better deal. Plus, with access to an expanse of iPhone 4s, iPhone 5c, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 smartphones in our store, you can pick up these models at rock bottom prices.

Operating Systems

Operating systems are evolving all the time, but you don’t always need the latest release which will most often come with a premium priced handset. So don’t depend on Android Lollipop or Jelly Bean, as older versions like KitKat may help you to snap up a bargain. Plus, in many case older versions of the Android operating system can be updated, for free, to Lollipop.

[![Android KitKat logo](http://blog.cpwonlinesolutions.com/community/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/kitkat.jpg)](http://www.e2save.com/community/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/kitkat.jpg)Android KitKat could be the right wafer you.
So as you can see, sweet stuff isn’t that bad for you after all!

Flagship Smartphones

You might not be expecting to read about flagship handsets in an article about value smartphones but we really wanted to drive home one point: that you can always save a pretty penny by avoiding the phones you have heard of!

A good example of this would be to swap the HTC One M9 for the HTC Desire 820, which will drop your line rental by up to a third. Alternatively you could opt for the HTC Desire 620, which will cut your line rental in half! Both of these smartphones are pretty awesome and we tip them as some of the best buys around.

[![HTC Desire 620](http://blog.cpwonlinesolutions.com/community/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/HTC-Desire-620.jpg)](http://www.e2save.com/community/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/HTC-Desire-620.jpg)There’s more to HTC than the M9.
You can see how the **[HTC Desire 620 compares to the Desire 820](http://www.e2save.com/community/spotlight/htc-desire-820-v-620/)** here.

So, are you now equipped to find your next cheap smartphone?