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Should I buy an old iPhone? Guide to buying a second-hand, old or refurbished iPhone ahead of the iPhone 6s launch

Lou Hattersley | Aug. 24, 2015
Should I buy a second-hand iPhone to save money, or is it safer to buy one that's brand new?

How to buy an old or second-hand iPhone: Second-hand and reconditioned iPhones

One of the best ways to get an old iPhone at a bargain price, including models such as the iPhone 5 that are no longer available from Apple, is by buying it second-hand or refurbished.

In fact, you can buy and sell second-hand iPhones right here on the Macworld UK site. With our partner Mresell, we run a service via which you can sell your unwanted Macs, iPhones and iPads. Once a price is agreed we either pick up your iPhone, or you can take it to a certified Apple reseller after which payment is made. Either way the iPhone is then thoroughly checked, refurbished and reconditioned, and listed for sale on the Buy/Sell section of this website.

Apple has a thriving section of the Apple Store known as the Apple Refurb Store. Here is where any Macs and iPads that have been returned to Apple are spruced up and sold on. You can pick up a great deal on older models from the Apple Refurb Store, but so far we've yet to see an iPhone appear in the Apple Refurb Store so you'll need to look elsewhere if that's what you're after.

Other places that offer second-hand or reconditioned iPhones are Amazon, eBay (but be sure to check the seller's reviews), Argos, Tesco, O2 and more.


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