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It seems like you always need a new phone at a time when you can least afford it. The cost of living is causing many folks to tighten their belts, and new models from the biggest smartphone brands aren’t cheap. Second-hand phones provide a lower-cost solution, but naturally, you may still have concerns. “What about a warranty? How will I know if I get what I paid for? How do I find second-hand phones near me and make sure the quality is up to scratch?’

If you like to see a phone in person or hold it in your hands before you buy it, your options may be limited. There are second-hand phone retailers and electronics stores around, but the further from the city you live, the longer you’ll have to travel to get to one. Buying online presents a lot more options but can be a bit of a minefield, as scammers sometimes disguise dodgy deals as genuine bargains.

It can be frustrating. It seems like the more peace of mind you want, the more you have to pay. Luckily there’s a solution: refurbished smartphones. Refurbished smartphones are the answer to the question, “How do I find second-hand phones near me that will do everything I want them to?”

When you buy refurbished phones online, you can take your pick from the biggest smartphone brands in the world, including Apple and Samsung, which dominate the smartphone world.

One of the best places to browse and buy refurbished phones online is right here on the OzMobiles website. Take a look at our range and our bargains, and take your pick from one of the biggest selections of Samsung Galaxys and iPhones online you’re likely to come across.

What is a Refurbished Phone?

As you can probably tell, there’s more to a refurbished smartphone than simply being used. Refurbished smartphones are pre-owned phones that have been tested, inspected, and, if necessary, repaired by a professional business before being put on sale again. OzMobiles is one such business. When we refurbish the second-hand smartphones that come our way, we make sure every part of them – from the microphone to the camera to the battery – is fully functional. We also run background checks to make sure a phone isn’t lost or stolen and erase all of the previous owner’s data so that it’s back to factory settings when you get it.  

Refurbished smartphones are usually sold in grades, so you have a clear idea of the condition your phone is in before you buy it. Many refurbished phones are pretty much identical to new ones, except maybe with a few chips or dents here and there. Ex-demo phones have usually only been taken out of their boxes to be put on display in stores, which gives them a very high level of quality for the price.

Buying refurbished phones online expands the concept of ‘second-hand phones near me’ beyond the limits of geography while making sure you end up with a phone you’re happy with. But even when you’re buying refurbished, it’s important to buy from a trustworthy seller.

OzMobiles has a wide range of smartphone brands to buy, including Samsung Galaxy phones and iPhones online. We put all of our devices through a stringent refurbishment process to ensure they meet Australian standards and that the level of quality is very high. If you’ve been crying out, “Where are the decent second-hand phones near me?” we’re here to answer the call.

Process of Refurbishing a Phone

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If you have an old phone you no longer use gathering dust in your home, we can turn it into a refurbished phone, and you can make some money.

You can trade in your device online in just a few minutes. Cash will be on its way into your back pocket within 24 hours of us receiving your order.

Different retailers will have different approaches to refurbishing a phone, some more thorough than others. The process typically involves wiping the phone’s data and returning it to factory settings, removing both software and hardware customisation, replacing damaged bits and making sure the battery life (always important!) is up to speed.

OzMobiles puts every device we get through a 72-point testing process at our Melbourne headquarters to make sure it meets Australian standards. This includes battery life, which we make sure is at least 80%.

When you find yourself wondering, “Where are all the decent second-hand phones near me?” rest assured: OzMobiles can make refurbished phones accessible no matter where in the world you are. Whenever you want to buy refurbished phones online, we’re right here.

Types of Refurbished Phones

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OzMobiles has a massive range of refurbished phones of all kinds. Many of them are hundreds of dollars – or even a grand or more – less than you’d expect to pay for new. Our range includes:

Refurbished iPhones 

Save up to 40% when you purchase iPhones online through OzMobiles. We have a range of iPhones, both new and old, including ex-demo phones and recent models like the iPhone 13 Pro Max. If Apple is your brand of choice, snap up your favourite iPhones online and other refurbished Apple devices while we have them in stock.

Refurbished Samsungs 

Samsung Galaxy phones are the biggest-selling Android phones in the world, and we can offer you the biggest savings on them. Our stock includes foldable, flip phones, Note phones, the S21 range and the other innovatively designed models that make Samsung phones so sought after.


Google phones offer a lower-cost alternative to other smartphones while still having the same level of quality you’d expect from the search engine giant. Take your pick from the heavily reduced yet no less useful, efficient and easy-to-use models in Google’s Pixel range.


Oppo has been at the forefront of making high-quality Android phones for a long time, and when you buy refurbished ones, you can score them even cheaper. Score sweet deals on models like Find X3, Find X2 and Reno Z.


Check out the phones we have available from Huawei, an affordable Android company that runs its own unique HarmonyOS operating system.

Your search for “second-hand phones near me” can wrap up once you see the selection that OzMobiles has on offer.

Buy Refurbished Phones at OzMobiles

You can easily buy refurbished phones online – any kind of refurbished phone you want – right here on the OzMobiles website.

All of our devices are 100% fully functional and sold with 12-month warranties as well as 30-day money-back guarantees.

We offer free and fast shipping. If you order your phone before 12:30 pm on a weekday, we’ll send it out on the same day. If you’ve found a better deal elsewhere, we’ll beat that price by $10 (terms and conditions do apply), and we let you pay in instalments through third-party providers.

OzMobiles is a great website to end up on when you search “second-hand phones near me” on Google.

Where are all the decent second-hand phones near me and you? Right here at OzMobiles. And if you need help finding one that’s right for you, get in touch with our team!


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