Are Refurbished Apple Products Worth Buying? - OzMobiles

If you love Apple, but the cost of a brand new flagship iPhone gives you pause, there are other solutions. Buying a used iPhone can seem like a risky proposition. What about a warranty? And what can you do if the phone you get isn’t what you wanted or expected?  

If you’ve done some research, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the term “refurbished”. Refurbished electronic devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets are growing in popularity, yet many customers still don’t know what makes a phone “refurbished”. So what’s the deal with refurbished Apple devices and are they worth your money?

One thing’s for sure: brand-new Apple devices aren’t cheap. Obviously, a lot of people think the price is worth it, which is why Apple maintains the largest smartphone market share across the world. Yet what if instead of having to save up for a new iPhone, you could get a slightly older iPhone refurbished? All the usual benefits of an Apple device – fast, secure, easy to use and integrated with iOS – without the large price tag?

When you buy bestselling Apple phones such as the iPhone 11 refurbished, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars on a popular Apple device. Are refurbished Apple products in decent condition? Do they work as well as you’d expect? This article will help you decide whether a refurbished Apple device is right for you.


What Are Refurbished Electronic Devices?

While it has had a previous owner, a refurbished device is more than just second-hand. It’s a device that a trader, outlet or retailer has inspected, tested and prepared for resale. When you buy refurbished, there’s an expectation of a certain quality, as long as you buy from a trustworthy seller. Refurbished devices are generally sold according to a grading system that rates their condition from as good as new (or close to it) to somewhat more worn. But a refurbished device should function just as well as a new one and – apart from maybe a few chips or scratches – look pretty close to new as well.

Buying a refurbished device is different to buying a regular second-hand device in several ways. For one thing, there’s no need to worry about stumbling across the previous owner’s data. A decent retailer will have erased all that before they put the phone up for sale.

Ex-demo devices are refurbished devices that have only been taken out of their boxes to be put on display in retail stores, so they’re even more likely to have a new, flawless appearance.  


Refurbished Apple Products + Benefits

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If you’re looking for refurbished Apple devices, OzMobiles has plenty. You won’t have to settle for an older-model iPhone, either. We have plenty of recent models of Apple’s popular iPhone range, so you can easily find yourself a bestselling, well-reviewed, and affordable iPhone refurbished.

Many customers are drawn to refurbished devices for the huge savings you can score. But while buying refurbished is undeniably easier on your bank balance, that’s not the only reason to choose it. Refurbished smartphones are also much better for the environment. Buying a second-hand phone reduces your carbon footprint, and recycling your old phone instead of throwing it out also prevents another phone from ending up in a landfill. Billions of mobile phones are thrown out every year, contributing to the issue of e-waste. In Australia alone, more than 140,000 tonnes of e-waste are produced every year. E-waste causes dangerous chemicals like mercury and leads to seeping into the soil, disrupting the ecosystem and affecting human health. When you buy refurbished, you contribute to creating a new kind of economy based on recycling and sustainability.

The rigorous testing that goes into the quality control of refurbished devices, and the warranties they come with, make them a safer bet than a regularly used smartphone purchased through a private seller.

Refurbished iPhones you can buy through OzMobiles include:

iPhone 14

Released in September 2022, the iPhone 14 is a new smartphone and yet, you can already pick up a refurbished version for hundreds of dollars less than you’d find in stores. You’ll get the longest battery life ever on an iPhone, lasting up to 26 hours. There’s a super-sized high-resolution screen with a big Super Retina XDR display, plus a professional-quality main camera and ultra-wide camera. You’ll also have the most secure facial authentication available on any smartphone, with A15 Bionic-powered Face ID.

iPhone 13

Released in 2021, the iPhone 13 remains a phone that’s sure to satisfy Apple lovers. It has an A15 chip, a longer battery life than its predecessors and a stunning TrueDepth camera system. Available in five striking colours including the evocative Starlight (silver and gold) and Midnight (Black), it’s a fast, reliable, low-cost device with an elegant exterior. Another feature is its impressive IP68 water and dust resistance, which gives your device the power to withstand an accident. And if you want to take video, Cinematic Mode lets you feel like you’re in the director’s chair, in charge of a spectacular feature film.

iPhone 12

Apple’s flagship phone for 2020, the iPhone 12 is still worth its weight. Easy to use and with an impressive 6.1” display, its A14 Bionic chip offers powerful performance. While it has 5G coverage, dual cameras, a good battery and fast performance, the iPhone 12 is a strong choice if you want a phone that performs all the necessary functions but you don’t want to get bogged down in fancy flourishes you’ll never actually use. It’s visually stunning too, with a super-bright screen and availability in six vibrant colours.

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 was a bestseller when Apple released it in 2019 and was a popular lower-cost option for years after its release date. Buy an iPhone 11 refurbished and all the benefits of this great smartphone can be yours for a fraction of the price. Benefits like its long battery life, ultra-wide camera with Night Mode, fast Internet connectivity and wireless charging. The iPhone 11 comes in six stylish colours and includes an A13 CPU chip which still packs a punch. This well-liked phone has now been discontinued. Fortunately, OzMobiles can offer you the chance to own it for less when you buy an iPhone 11 refurbished through our website.


Purchase Refurbished Apple Products at OzMobiles

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When you buy refurbished Apple products through OzMobiles, you’ll not only feel good buying sustainable and environmentally-friendly Aussie tech, you’ll be thrilled with your purchase too.

We put all of our devices through a 72-point checking process to make sure they measure up to high Australian standards of quality, including battery health of at least 80%. Each device is sold with a 12-month warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can also purchase OzMobiles Extra Care for iPhones which give you an additional 12 months on top of that.

We offer free and fast shipping. If you order before 12pm on a weekday, we’ll send out your order the same day. And if you find a better deal online, we’ll beat that price by $10 (terms and conditions apply).

If you’ve been looking for a great iPhone for less than you’d expect, buying an iPhone refurbished is the way to go!  Get in touch with OzMobiles for more info about refurbished Apple devices. 

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