Apple’s iPhone is arguably the world’s most iconic and popular mobile device. Not only do they look pretty, but they are also very effective and have some really useful features. The more recent iPhone models are just as good as laptops and tablets, even.

However, because Apple’s iPhones are so popular and so useful, they are naturally also quite expensive. A lot of people aren’t able to pay for a brand new iPhone, which has led to refurbished iPhones gaining popularity.

This post will tell you some more information about refurbished iPhones and why they are many people’s go-to.

Why Refurbished iPhones Are Gaining Popularity
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More Choice

When you buy refurbished phones, you get more choices. Unfortunately, most Apple stores only stock the company’s latest phone releases. A refurbished phone provider on the other hand will stock all of Apple’s releases, going all the way back to their first iPhone. The huge range of refurbished iPhones offered by refurbished sellers gives you greater control over the phone that you buy, making it easier for you to find the one that’s perfect. More choice also means that it’s easier to find a device within your budget.

Great Features

Buying a refurbished phone gives you the ability to buy a phone with great features, that would otherwise be too expensive for you. You can actually buy the latest iPhones refurbished, which means you can benefit from their advanced cameras, high-quality software, and many other special features, without having to part with the huge amount of money that it would cost to buy one new. It’s a good idea to do a little bit of research before buying a device so that you can find one with features that are perfect for you.

Less Expensive

The main reason that refurbished phones are so popular is that they are much less expensive than new iPhones. People who are on very tight budgets are still able to get their hands on a high-quality phone, without having to spend a fortune. Many refurbished iPhone providers will also give people the ability to break down the cost of their phone using credit, into easy-to-afford monthly installments. If you are on an extremely tight budget, then this is something that’s worth considering. You can also use a service like Klarna to break down the cost of your phone.

Warranty Cover

A lot of people seem to think that they are more protected as far as warranties go when they shop with Apple directly, but this isn’t true. All refurbished iPhone sellers offer warranties – they have to by law. If the seller you are working with hasn’t got any information published on their website about warranties, then make sure that you reach out to them directly and ask them why this is. More often than not, they will offer warranties, but only send people information about them after they have made a purchase. Despite this, do make sure that you confirm with the seller that they are offering a warranty before making a purchase.

Environmentally Friendly

If you care about the environment, then buying a refurbished phone is the logical choice. Unfortunately, the creation of new phones can be extremely bad for the environment, which is why so many environmental activists advocate for people to buy phones that have been previously used. Refurbishing a phone is far less harmful to the environment than creating a new one. It’s also worth noting that because of the various components in smartphones, they often go to landfill and can’t be recycled when they are no longer in use.

Why Refurbished iPhones Are Gaining Popularity
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Easy Returns

When you work with an independent refurbished phone seller, it’s very easy to return devices that you no longer want, as long as they are under warranty and it is in the 30 days after you initially purchased them. Nearly all sellers offer free returns. If the seller operates exclusively online, then you might need to reach out to them first and ask them to send you a pre-paid envelope so that you can send the phone back to them. If they operate out of a store near your house, however, then you can just walk in and give it to them over the counter.

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Value for Money

Because you are able to get new iPhones with great features for less than they are being sold for by Apple currently, you can get great value for money. Things are hard for a lot of people financially at the moment, mainly due to the cost of living crisis. There’s never been a better time than now to try and get the most for your money. It’s also worth noting that when you buy a refurbished phone, you often get the phone’s accompanying accessories for free.

Getting Accessories

As mentioned in the last part of the previous section, when you buy a refurbished phone, nine times out of ten you will receive the phone’s accessories for free or sold at a huge discount. The accessories that come along with an iPhone can be very expensive in and of themselves. The charger and headphones can cost an absolute fortune when being bought new. If you are going to buy an iPhone from a refurbished seller, then make sure that they too offer you the accessories for free, or at least at a discount. Getting accessories along with your phone will help you to get even more for your money.


Lastly, because most refurbished phone sellers offer free returns, it is easier to experiment with different phones. You can buy different iPhone models and then return them if you do not like them. You do need to make sure that you treat each device that you get very carefully however because many sellers won’t accept returns if the device has been damaged or used by the person who has bought it. You also need to make sure that you factory restore the phone when you send it back to the seller so that they cannot tell that you have used it at all.

Apple’s iPhone is a fantastic piece of equipment. If you want to buy a phone that’s sleek, useful, and offers lots of different features, then the iPhone is for you. However,  you don’t have to spend a fortune on a brand new phone in order to use an iPhone—you can buy one that has been refurbished.

Featured image by Apple.

Published by Mike

Avid tech enthusiast, gadget lover, marketing critic and most importantly, love to reason and talk.

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