What to Look for When Shopping for a Refurbished iPhone

What to Look for When Shopping for a Refurbished iPhone

To ensure that you make the right purchase. This guide explores what to look for when shopping for a refurbished iPhone so that you can have confidence in your purchase.

What Is Refurbished?

When buying a refurbished phone, it is essential to understand what “refurbished” means. Refurbishment is restoring or repairing a device or product to its original condition. 

It includes cleaning and testing components, replacing any missing parts or defective components, and then repackaging the product for sale again. 

Refurbishment does not typically involve changing components inside the device, such as batteries or processors. All certified Apple-refurbished iPhones come with an Apple one-year warranty covering materials and craftsmanship defects. 

The Benefits of Buying Refurbished

There are several benefits to buying a refurbished iPhone rather than purchasing one brand new from an Apple store or authorized retailer: 

Cost Savings

Refurbished iPhones often cost up to 50% less than buying new phones due to repairs made by technicians and discounted prices from retailers who offer these products. 


By choosing a pre-owned phone, you are helping reduce electronic waste, and your carbon footprint since manufacturing a brand-new phone requires additional resources.

Latest Models 

Since many people upgrade their phones frequently, there is plenty of available models on the market at discounted prices, allowing you to stay up-to-date with the current trends without breaking your budget.

Quality Assurance

When buying directly from an authorized retailer such as, you can rest assured that accredited technicians have tested all certified pre-owned devices multiple times.

Besides that, they also are backed up by manufacturer warranties giving you peace of mind about your purchase.  

What To Look For When Shopping For A Refurbished iPhone

When shopping for a refurbished iPhone, it is essential to remember that not all sellers are created equal. There are a few things you should look for when making your purchase to ensure you are getting a quality product. 

First, check the seller's reputation. Read reviews from other customers to get an idea of their level of customer service and satisfaction. 

Second, make sure the iPhone you are considering is unlocked. It will allow you to use any carrier you choose and avoid any potential headaches. 

Finally, inquire about the warranty or return policy if there are any issues with your purchase. By following these simple tips, you can be confident you are getting a great deal on a refurbished iPhone.

Battery Life 

One of the most important things to consider when purchasing any type of phone is battery life – this will determine how long you can use your device before recharging it.

Most pre-owned smartphones must meet a specific condition (such as 80% battery capacity) to be sold as refurbished units. Please make sure your phone meets this requirement before you make a purchasing decision. 

Model & Year 

There is no shortage of available models on today’s market – from older versions like the 4s to the newest 11 Pro Max model – so deciding which version fits your needs best before selecting one for purchase is essential. 

Be sure to check the year each model was released (e.g., 2013 vs. 2020) to gauge how much bang for your buck you would receive. 

AM/PM Cellular Connectivity 

Depending upon where you live and how far away from cellular towers you plan on being during usage times – you must investigate which cellular bands each model supports before making your purchase decision (i.e., LTE/CDMA, etc.). 

This information should be available online via Apple’s website or within reviews from various sites like Cnet. 

Storage Space & Memory Capacity 

Most pre-owned iPhones come with various storage space and RAM options – so again, it’s essential to be sure you understand your needs before making a purchase. 

If you're looking for a cell phone with a large storage capacity, buy one with at least 16GB. But if you plan on downloading many apps and games, having more storage space would be best. 


Pricing is always a factor when buying electronics, so shopping around for deals is essential. However, since we sell refurbished models at discounted prices because they're pre-owned and in surplus, you can find the best deal possible from an authorized retail site like ours.


Selecting the right refurbished iPhone depends on personal preference and needs. Understanding what you’re looking for in terms of battery life, model & year, cellular connectivity, storage capacity, and pricing can help narrow down your choices and ensure that you find the perfect device without breaking your budget. 

With all these factors considered, you can rest assured knowing that you are choosing to purchase intelligently and confidently.

Shopping for a new mobile phone can be an exciting experience. Still, refurbished phones can offer the same features and specifications in a more budget-friendly package for those looking for a more affordable option.

With Popsy, you'll never have to worry about buying a device that doesn't meet your standards. We provide high-quality devices at up to 70% off with a 12-month warranty and 30 days return. Come explore our selection of refurbished electronics from luxury brands like AppleSamsung and Dell.

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