I bought this phone because I needed an unlocked GSM device for travel. My regular phone is a Galaxy S4, and I have to say, the smaller, cheaper mini is just as good as its big brother in most respects. Battery life is excellent (especially if you set it to airplane mode when you aren't using it), and it does everything I need it to do. I do wish there was an easier way to eliminate bloatware without rooting. As a refurb, it's fine. There were some marks around the charging port but the screen is perfect.
I purchased this product in December 2014 as a gift for my father. The phone worked immediately out of the box. It came with a battery, charger, phone but no instruction manual, but that is available online. The S3 mini is a good phone with many features and my dad has not had any problems so far. I would recommend this purchase for anyone looking for a quality unlocked phone at a good price.
After several years of turning against the tide of brand new technology in the way of cell phones, I finally decided it was time to get a smartphone. I often use the internet on my tablet, but I have to be hooked to a wi-fi connection. I realized that I could either buy a hotspot and carry around the tablet AND the hotspot module OR buy a smartphone with internet capabilities. I did a lot of research and I knew I wanted to stick with Samsung because my tablet works very well with very little problems. I knew about the Samsung Galaxy phones and wanted to stick with the "S" series but I cannot afford a brand new phone. I also have a prepaid cell phone plan, so I didn't want to start a 2-year contract agreement. When I found this phone, I thought this was the best deal and I was right. Since it's refurbished, it has a few cosmetic dings on the plastic parts but it does not affect the usability of the phone. I LOVE the camera because I scan receipts for different apps and the phone has a flashlight which lights up the image and makes it VERY sharp and easy to read. Also, even though it's an older phone, it has the updated Android platform so all the apps work with it. I highly recommend this phone. But make sure you have a microSIM card to put in it. I have a regular sim card from my old phone and it is too large. I didn't know I needed a different kind when I bought it.