• The refurbished phone market is massive right now
• The most popular refurbished phone is the iPhone 7
• Apple devices dominate the majority of the refurbished phone market
• The quality of refurbished phones has rapidly exceeded expectations with near-original quality parts and further factory original parts being available to restore & refurbish mobile phones.
• On average, customers will happily spend between £200 – £350 on a refurbished device.
What is it that makes refurbished phones popular?
There are a fair few factors that contribute towards this sudden jump. Price being the main feature which is attracting more and more buyers to the market – with Apple devices plucking top of the list from its competitors, Samsung & Huawei.
We have found out that out of our 186,000 orders over the past two years, a massive 98% of the refurbished devices bought from our site (per year) are Apple products – A number which, for the most part, certainly translates across the industry as a whole. Why is this? The reality is that Apple has developed a premium brand that is desirable, which correlates in what people are searching for when looking to buy a refurbished mobile phone.So, let’s take a look at what refurbished devices are the best that your money can buy.
iPhone XS & XS Max
Upon release in 2018, the iPhone XS took the world by storm – quickly becoming one of the most powerful smartphones available on the market to date. With its A12 chip and four processors, it’ll give some laptops a run for their money regarding computing power and efficiency. The iPhone XS & XS Max come in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity models inspace grey, silver and a new gold finish. Their retail price was £999 and £1,099 respectively when they first released.
Whereas a refurbished model of a 64GB iPhone XS in Excellent condition will only cost you a measly £427.99 from our online store. That also includes a 12-month warranty with the device so consumers always have that little bit extra peace of mind.
The iPhone XR is the latest in Apple’s line up (not including the recent iPhone 11 which hasn’t really hit the refurbished market just yet). The XR also boosts the new A12 chip so has got all that juicy processing power that you’d expect to see from the XS series, packed into a nice iPhone X sized package. One of the most appealing aspects of the iPhone XR is the multitude of colours it arrives in – Black is the most ‘in-demand’ colour from our store. The iPhone XR comes in six finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and red.When new, the iPhone XR would have cost you around £749 upwards – refurbished? You can grab it in 64GB, Excellent condition for £397.99
iPhone 8 & 8 Plus
Although regarded as a dated phone in terms of performance compared to its modern counterparts, the iPhone 8 still holds it’s own surprisingly well in the current smartphone market, still offering a genuine alternative to those who are looking to upgrade and get some good performance alongside it. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus both commandeer the A11 chip as well as an all-aluminium design that still looks sleek and stylish today. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available in space grey, silver and champagne gold finish in increased 64GB and 256GB capacity models starting at £530 when new. However, a refurbished model in 64GB capacity and good condition will only set you back £237.99 & £277.99 for the iPhone 8 & 8 Plus models retrospectively from our store. An easily affordable upgrade for most consumers.
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 is a fantastic entry-level smartphone that offers great capability at a very affordable price. First released in 2016, the iPhone 7 took the market by storm, quickly becoming one of the most popular iPhones ever sold with 21.7 Million being shipped worldwide.It’s certainly a better choice over the iPhone 6S as it boasts the A10 chip which still has significant processing power.
Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is available in silver, gold, rose gold and black finish in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB which was around £500 when new.
What can you pick up an excellent condition one for these days? Just £154.99 for the iPhone 7& £214.99 for the iPhone 7 Plus.
How does the grading system work?
A question we often get asked is how exactly do refurbished phone grades work? Well, here’s an easy guide we thought might help.
Good condition is a fantastic choice for those looking to upgrade but don’t want to break the bank. Good condition devices will have the odd blemish and wear around the bezzle of the device as well as the potential to have light scratching on the rear cover and screen. This option is often for those who don’t care too much about visuals and will likely combine the device with a case, or as a first phone for someone just getting into the smartphone world. They are a cost-effective option for those looking for a good quality device but want to save that bit of cash. Excellent condition Excellent condition devices are probably the best bang for your buck, so to speak. They show very little signs of use and often have no major imperfections. For these phones, normally you’d have to be up incredibly close to the device to notice anything out of the ordinary and are oftenbought due to the ‘as new’ like nature. If you’ve got a bit more budget, these are absolutely the phones for you.
This is exactly what it says on the tin. These devices are essentially like factory new and have little to no signs of use at all. These are the ideal devices for those looking to have a fresh unboxing experience or if you’re purchasing it as a gift. Most pristine devices will come in bundle format which provides everything ranging from charging cables, screen protectors and headphones – all the way up to full box bundles that have everything included.
What about warranty though?
We’ve got you covered. We offer a 12-month warranty on all our refurbished devices and a 3-month warranty on batteries. We only use Grade A replacement parts in all of our refurbished devices to ensure the best possible quality. We also have incredibly stringent checks in order to make sure every device is to the standard we, and the customer would expect.
Do I get any protection when buying a refurbished phone?
Absolutely! You’re covered by the consumer rights act of 2015 which gives you a multitude of options when it comes to buying online. For example, you have 14 days from the point of receiving the phone to send it back and claim a refund. Even if you were to have a complaint about the condition of a device which you don’t believe is as described, you can contact most customer support channels for assistance, and if that doesn’t work you can find more information on your rights regarding CCR’s from your local Trading Standards authority or Citizens Advice Bureau.
You can find out more about our very own refurbished phone range here: