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It’s only a matter of months until the two biggest titans of the smartphone world release their latest flagship phones. Leaked information and rumours about the Apple iPhone 15 have hit the Internet, pumping Apple fans up for a release date slated for some point between October and December. There’s been a similar buzz about the Samsung Galaxy S24, which has generated rumours of its own. Speculations abound about elements like design, battery life, and of course, cameras – one of the make or break factors for any smartphone. But we’ll have to wait until the release dates roll around for all to be revealed.

If you need a new smartphone but buying one of these flagship models is outside of your price range right now, this actually presents an excellent opportunity for you. When new model phones arrive, older ones start getting cheaper, and loyal Apple and Samsung fans will start trading their perfectly functional smartphones to swap them for one of these latest models. The key to getting a good deal when you buy second-hand is to buy refurbished.

Refurbished smartphones are second-hand phones that professional retailers have checked, tested, and repaired if necessary before putting them up for resale. Background checks have been run, the previous owner’s data has been erased, and the phone is fully functional, in great condition, and comes with a warranty included. When you buy a refurbished mobile phone in Australia, you get a phone that’s been put through a long auditing process to make sure it complies with the high standards you’d expect. Every part of the phone, from the touchscreen to the mic to the battery, has been examined and fixed up if necessary.

Thanks to the Internet, you have so many ranges of refurbished smartphones to choose from, which may make your options feel overwhelming at times. Where is the best place to buy refurbished mobile phones in Australia? What’s the best second-hand Samsung phone to buy, or would you be better off with a used iPhone 13 Pro Max?

To give you some ideas, here are OzMobiles’ top picks for five of the best refurbished mobile phones in Australia.

1. Samsung Galaxy S23

A compact yet powerful phone with above-average specs, the Samsung Galaxy S23 was only released in February 2023 but is already available refurbished. It’s one of the best second-hand Samsung phones to buy: a great all-rounder with something to please all Samsung lovers. The phone is smaller and lighter than similar models but packs just as much power, with a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen and an above-average battery life. The camera stack on the back includes a 50MP main sensor, a 10MP optical telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. And if you like your choice of colours, the Samsung Galaxy S23 comes in a vibrant selection, including evocative hues like lavender, lime, and phantom black.

2. iPhone 13 Pro Max 

Released in 2021, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is still a wonder of technological innovation. Buying a used iPhone 13 Pro Max makes it a more affordable one too. The iPhone 13 Pro Max contains all the essentials to make any Apple fan happy: smooth screen performance with a 120Hz ProMotion display and 6.7-inch panel, Apple’s largest camera at the time with 3x optical/15x digital zoom, and lightning-fast performance powered by the A15 Bionic chip.

A bright screen display, cinematic video mode, and a long battery life add to the benefits of this exceptional model. Sadly, Apple has discontinued it, so buying a used iPhone 13 Pro Max is the best way (not to mention the cheapest method) of getting one.  


3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

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One of the best second-hand Samsung phones to buy comes in that distinctive flip phone style that’s compact, convenient, and easy to carry around. Although not as common as they once were, flip phones are making a comeback among the younger generation in the wake of TikTok trends and a nostalgia boom. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has a number of benefits that Samsung fans really enjoy – like its high-quality camera and excellent battery life – but its fold-in-half design makes it easy to pop in one of your (small) pockets when you’re ready for a break from screen time.

4. iPhone 12 

With a few years under its belt, the iPhone 12 is one of the cheaper options for an iPhone, and as a refurbished phone, it’s one of the best all-rounder refurbished mobile phones in Australia. It has an appealing MagSafe design, dual cameras, 5G coverage, and one of the fastest performances in its budget-friendly price range.

5. Google Pixel 6 Pro 

With its Pixel series of phones, Google has proven time and time again that it can match the quality of Samsung and Apple, often at a more affordable price. The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a lot of standout features that make it a refurbished mobile phone in Australia worth considering. It has a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 20x digital zoom, and the Tensor chip uses the power of machine learning to clean up the look of photos and offer additional features.

Which is the Best Refurbished Mobile Phone for You? 

Choosing the best of the bunch from all the different refurbished mobile phones in Australia is no easy task. Many people already know where they stand on the eternal iPhone vs. Samsung debate, but for those who don’t, both have their benefits. Apple has advantages like the intuitive iOS ecosystem, fast software updates, great privacy, and amazing accessories. Android phones, on the other hand, are very customisable, easy to integrate with a range of devices, packed with innovative features, and come with their own powerful state-of-the-art security.

There are so many other refurbished phones out there from brands like Oppo, Google Pixel, and Huawei. It would be impossible to list all of them and their benefits here in detail. The truth is you can get a great deal on many different types of second-hand phones. What’s most important in buying refurbished is buying from the right retail outlet.  

Buy Refurbished Mobile Phones at OzMobiles

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Refurbished phones have so many benefits. They’re better for your bank balance, better for the environment, and, with warranties included, better for you. If you want to make sure you get a good refurbished mobile phone in Australia, you’re in the best place: the OzMobiles website.

Whether you’re looking for the best second-hand Samsung phone to buy, a top-notch refurbished iPhone like the used iPhone 13 Pro Max, or one of the many other excellent Android smartphones available, we’re sure to have a smartphone in stock for you.

OzMobiles is an Australian-owned and operated company, and all of our devices are tested to make sure they meet high Australian standards. When you buy from us, you get a good deal without having to buy brand new, and you save big!

All of our devices are 100% fully functional, sold with 12 months of warranty, and include 30-day money-back guarantees. Order with Express Post before 12.30 pm on a weekday, and we’ll dispatch your device to you on the same day.

If you’ve found a better deal elsewhere online, we’ll beat that price by $10 (terms and conditions apply). We can also make paying for your new device easier with instalments from ZipPay, AfterPay, and PayPal Pay in four.

If you’d like to find out more about refurbished mobile phones in Australia or have any questions for us, contact the OzMobiles team!

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