Why buy remanufactured telecoms equipment?

Remanufactured telecoms equipment - MF Communications

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Extensive remanufacturing process

Remanufactured telecoms equipment from MF Communications isn’t simply second hand hardware wiped clean and made to look in good condition. At MF Communications, the remanufacturing process is extensive. All equipment is cleaned and reconditioned to as-new status, replacing casings, hand pieces, buttons, and DESI strips, as required. Firmware and hardware upgrades bring the product up to date with the latest version.

The result is business telephones and PBX systems and hardware that looks and operates as new.

Quality Guaranteed Certified Remanufacturing Processes

– First the phones are cleaned and tested to identify if there are any faults.

All equipment is cleaned and initially assessed. Removal of old labels occurs, as well as fasteners and panels. Casings are cleaned or replaced as applicable.

– The products are taken apart and tested, with any repairs being carried out to the main circuit board.

All equipment undergoes thorough screening and physical testing at various stages of the process.

– Software and hardware upgrades ensure all remanufactured models comply with later release equipment.

– Each unit is returned to its default settings, with removal of previous owner information.

– Diagnostic, functional, and network traffic system tests carried out at every step of the process.

All equipment is remanufactured with new parts and tested a number of times in a controlled environment. MF Communications is BS EN ISO 14001 compliant as being an environmentally responsible organisation. All parts are responsibly sourced and recycled where appropriate. We perform diagnostic, functional, and network traffic system testing on all remanufactured products. This includes safety and regulatory tests.

– Casings, hand pieces, buttons, and DESI scripts are replaced.

Replacement of faulty components and boards occurs where applicable before further testing to assess function.

– The products are boxed, as new and offered for sale with a one-year warranty.

All remanufactured equipment comes re-boxed, as new, placed in a sealed, protective shipping box ready for delivery, complete with a one year warranty.

Quality assurance certified

MF Communications applies strict quality assurance standards to which all remanufactured equipment must comply. Periodic audits ensure these standards are constantly adhered to.

If your business operates a PBX system that is well maintained and regularly serviced, it can keep your organisation communicating for years. During the lifetime of your PBX Telephone system, however, the desktop telephones may not fare so well.

Broken cords and hand pieces, cracked and chipped casings are all problems that the handsets can fall foul to. A piece of equipment such as the telephone, used extensively, is unlikely to outlive the PBX telephone system to which it complies.

Why buy a remanufactured phone instead of a new one?

What if the telephones you need are no longer in production? Manufacturers upgrade models and release newer versions on an on-going basis. When they do this, it is usually to the detriment of an older version, which then becomes ‘end-of-life’ or ‘legacy’. You might not be able to buy the phones you need as new from the original manufacturer. In this case, it makes sense to source high quality remanufactured alternatives.

There is also the cost implication of buying new telephones and what do you do – replace one or all – and does this mean you will need to upgrade your system in order to use them?

It is economically viable to buy quality, remanufactured phones as oppose to new ones, especially when you purchase from a reliable telecoms supplier like MF Communications.

Remanufacturing quality

Fully remanufactured telecoms equipment from MF Communications comes with the same performance, quality, and peace of mind as brand new equipment bought directly from the manufacturer. The comprehensive and rigorous high standards applied to the remanufacturing process comply with ISO standards. All equipment comes with the same warranty and support options as with new models. MF Communications’ remanufacturing process guarantees the telecoms equipment has come from a trusted and reliable source: we screen all equipment to ensure there are no counterfeits and all equipment is fully verified, with a tracked product service history.

Environmental considerations

A further consideration is reducing environmental waste. Waste electrical equipment is a huge issue. 15 million mobile phones are upgraded in the UK each year and it is estimated that more than half of them are still working. In the UK, we throw away 1.2 million tonnes of electronic waste every year. That’s enough to fill 150 thousand double decker buses (source: recycle-more.co.uk).

The European WEEE Directive requires the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. This applies to a wide range of electronic and electrical products, including telecoms. Under the WEEE, you can no longer throw away your old and unwanted hardware. Producers and importers are responsible for financing the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment (Reference: The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC, as amended by 2003/108/EC).

MF Communications will take your old phones and dispose of them for you.

Fulfil your obligation to reduce the environmental impact of your organisation, by recycling your electrical equipment and ensuring that less waste is added to landfill sites.

Peace of mind

You can be assured that anything carrying the MF Communications’ name and logo comes with the quality associated with a genuine certified remanufacturing process and with the same warranty and support as would be expected with a new product.

You will find a large range of remanufactured phones, PBX systems, accessories and parts, from popular manufacturers such as Siemens, Ericsson, Mitel, Avaya and Nortel on the MF Communications website.