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Maybe it’s the security. Maybe it’s how easy it is to use. Or maybe it’s just the way it syncs up so smoothly with your Mac computer or other Apple devices. Whatever the case, there are many good reasons to buy an iPhone. But whether you’re switching to Apple from another brand or replacing your phone, one question remains: will you buy a new or second hand iPhone?

At first, buying a used iPhone might seem like a risky action plan. How can you trust the quality of what you’re buying? What if you don’t get what you paid for? The best way to avoid these and other pitfalls is to buy a refurbished iPhone.

Refurbished smartphones are second-hand smartphones, but they’re usually sold through trustworthy retailers, and there are processes in place to ensure you receive a quality product. Refurbished devices not only offer a good deal for you and your bank balance, they’re better for the planet as well. So what does the word “refurbished” mean, and why are refurbished phones a better deal than regular used ones?

This article explores the benefits of owning an iPhone and the advantages of buying refurbished. Even the most devoted iPhone lovers would probably admit that the high price tag for new models is the most off-putting thing about their preferred device. Buying the latest iPhone is an expensive endeavour. On the bright side, as new models hit the shelves, loyal Apple customers hand in their old iPhones to trade up for the latest model. You can reap the benefits by getting your hands on an iPhone that works like a charm and is only a couple of years older than the latest model, often for several hundred dollars less.

How? By buying it refurbished! It’s the most effective method for scoring a second hand iPhone, particularly when you shop for phones through OzMobiles.  


What Does Secondhand/Refurbished iPhone Mean?

A second hand iPhone is easy to define. It’s simply an iPhone that someone has previously owned and sold to someone else at a lower price. Second-hand phones are available everywhere, from used electronics stores to online marketplaces. But as easy as they are to find, their quality and condition can be anyone’s guess. When you buy a second-hand phone, there’s often no guarantee that it will even work properly.

A refurbished iPhone is an iPhone that has been checked, repaired if necessary and thoroughly tested before being put up for resale. It’s still a second-hand phone, but buying one is different from taking your chances on a regular used phone from a private seller. Most refurbished phone retailers put their units through various stages of testing to ensure the various elements still work. Refurbished iPhones should have warranties to cover you in case anything goes wrong.

Still, refurbished phones come in various conditions and are often sold under different categories. Refurbished phones in the ‘New’ category have never been used before. ‘Ex-demo’ phones have been taken out of their boxes, only to be displayed in stores or for similar purposes. Phones in ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’ condition might have a few minor chips or scuffs but are otherwise in a condition that’s almost as good as new.

Can you buy refurbished phones in Australia? Yes, and one of the best ways to ensure you get one that works well is to buy through OzMobiles.


Best Refurbished iPhones to buy

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iPhone 14

Although it was only released in 2022, you can already buy a second hand iPhone 14 through OzMobiles. Already excellent value for money, the iPhone 14 is an even better deal refurbished. It features quick A15 bionic performance, a 48MP camera to capture the details and the longest battery life on any iPhone so far. Crash detection is a safety feature that tells the phone to call emergency services when it detects you’ve been in a crash and you don’t respond, and it’s already saved lives on several occasions.

iPhone 13

You can save hundreds of dollars on a used iPhone 13. A relatively recent iPhone released in 2021, it has all the familiar benefits you may know and love from current iPhone models: a super-bright display, a long battery life and a camera that takes ultra-wide photos and cinema-standard videos. Boosted by A15 bionic performance, the iPhone 13 is speedy, efficient and set to withstand the test of time for many years into the future.

iPhone 12

In the mood for some serious savings? By purchasing an iPhone 12, you can save up to a grand or more. Apple’s flagship phone of 2020, the iPhone 12, is still available new for less than recent models, but you won’t find a better deal than to get it refurbished. The first iPhone to support 5G, its many benefits include its Super Retina XDR display, its A15 chip and its exceptional 12MP camera.

iPhone 8 Plus

You can score an excellent phone for next to nothing with a refurbished or ex-demo iPhone 8 Plus. Released in 2017, the iPhone 8 Plus is still a seriously good phone with dual 12MP wide and telephoto cameras, fast process with the A11 bionic chip and fast charging time. Water-resistant and available in futuristic yet alluring colours like Space Gray and Silver, the iPhone 8 is a useful and versatile unit that still holds its own in a competitive smartphone market.

iPhone SE

For those who want the benefits of an iPhone but are on a tighter budget, the iPhone SE is a more affordable flagship model, but it’s no compromise! Still 5G-compatible and equipped with the latest processor, it has many of the regular benefits that make an iPhone so appealing: a 12MP wide camera with Portrait Mode, 4K video, and the grunt of the A15 Bionic chip. Plus, it has the toughest glass you’re likely to encounter on a smartphone coating the screen.


Buy Used iPhones at OzMobiles

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Right here on the OzMobiles website is the best place to find unbeatable deals on refurbished iPhones.

When you buy from OzMobiles, you’re sure to get a deal that’s as good as brand new or close to it without paying full price. Every used iPhone we sell is thoroughly tested at our Melbourne headquarters with our 72-point checking process to ensure it lives up to Australian standards. We sell every device with a 12-month warranty covering manufacturing faults and battery life and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

We want to save you money and get your device to you without fuss, so we offer several perks: free and fast delivery, same-day shipping if you order before 12:30 pm and a price-beat guarantee. If you find the same device elsewhere for cheaper, we’ll beat that price by $10 (terms and conditions apply). If you’re on a tight budget, you can pay for the phone of your dreams in instalments through services like ZipPay, AfterPay or PayPal Pay in 4.

If you need any help finding the right second hand iPhone, contact OzMobiles

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