Apple’s army of dedicated fans rush to preorder new iPhones every single year and part with hundreds upon hundreds of pounds to have their hands on the newest phone as quickly as possible.

What that means is that there are a lot of unloved one and two year old devices out there in perfectly good condition cast aside by owners who want the upgrade. For those of us not bothered about the very latest model, that’s good news, because it creates a sizeable stock of second hand and refurbished iPhones.

One option for getting your hands on an iPhone at a cut price is by buying a refurbished one. In this guide, we talk you through what to look for.

What is a Refurbished Phone?

First of all, what counts as a refurbished phone? Essentially, it’s a phone that has been returned or sold on by the previous owner and one that has undergone extensive testing to ensure it is in good working order. Phones not working initially are repaired and restored to working order.

Where to Buy Refurbished iPhones from

The best recommendation I think I can give you is to buy either from the manufacturer or from a reputable retailer. This doesn’t only give you peace of mind, but gives you certain rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. In other words, you’re less likely to have problems getting a repair, replacement or refund if the phone doesn’t do the job!

Below, we’ve compiled a few options for purchasing refurbished iPhones:

At the time of writing, Apple doesn’t currently offer refurbished iPhones in the UK, but they do sell refurbished iPads, iPods and Mac computers at

What to Check for Before Buying a Refurbished iPhone


We caught up with Tony from iPhone Refurbs a specialist supplier of refurbished iPhones, for some advice:








Buying an iPhone from a private seller as opposed to a retailer means you sacrifice a number of consumer rights. By the same token, you might find a better deal from a private seller so it’s a choice you’ll need to consider. If you’re buying from such a seller, do make the IMEI check ahead of time and, if using a site like eBay, check the seller’s feedback. And always meet private sellers in a public place.”



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