How to Choose Your Refurbished Or Used Apple iPhone… in 4 Steps

iphone Sep 28th 2022


You're in the market for a refurbished iPhone. You've done your research, and you know which features are important to you, but there's still one big decision left: where to get a refurbished model that you can trust?

In a crowded secondhand or refurbished marketplace such as eBay and Amazon, the last thing you want to do is purchase a stolen iPhone or get scammed out of your money. Buying refurbished shouldn’t be risky or shady, which is why we created 4 essential tips that will keep you safe when buying a refurbished iPhone.

1) Is The Seller Trustworthy?

Imagine forking out money for your desired refurbished phone only to find out that the phone has been stolen or blacklisted. While this nightmare scenario might seem like those in the movies, the truth is that it can happen anywhere and to you, especially when you buy your refurbished or second hand phone from online peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplaces that permit sellers of any background to sell their phones.

The best way to safeguard yourself is to find a trustworthy seller that uses certified vendors. At Reebelo, all of our partners are certified and American-based to ensure your refurbished phone isn’t stolen and unusable. Checking the seller’s website and reviews on regulated platforms like Trustpilot are another great way to verify that the seller is safe to trust.

2) Does The Phone Have A Good Warranty Period?

Look at the seller's return policy and warranty coverage before making your purchase. A good seller will offer free returns if anything goes wrong with your order (and we do!) A longer return policy and warranty time frame provide a buffer from any possible purchase scams.

Chances are that if you get your refurbished iPhone from an individual seller with no proven track record, you might not enjoy the perks of a quality phone with a good warranty period. Reebelo offers a 30 day return policy and a 12 month warranty, keeping you protected from covering the costs of a faulty iPhone.

3) How Is The Battery Life Of The Phone?

You can get an average of about 10 hours of battery life for speaking on the iPhone. However, even solid battery lives do not last forever because battery abilities drop as time goes on. When buying refurbished, it is important to inspect the battery life of your desired refurbished iPhone and to ensure the seller is clear about how much battery life you can expect your iPhone to have BEFORE you buy it. This will save you from having to replace your battery sooner, an expensive extra cost.

If a seller doesn’t have the battery life clearly listed, it’s a good sign to keep your guard up. At Reebelo, all of our preloved devices are guaranteed to come with at least 80% of its battery capacity. Each refurbished iPhone is also cleaned, insected, and run through over 40 quality checks (including battery life).

4) Is Your iPhone Unlocked?

If you are looking to purchase a particular refurbished iPhone, check if the phone is unlocked. Unlocked phones offer the flexibility to choose your preferred phone contract and service provider. Moreover, an unlocked iPhone would make it much easier to trade it in when you need to. Reebelo prioritizes offering unlocked phones to allow more flexibility and to save you the cost of paying to get your refurbished phone unlocked (that can cost you anywhere from $30- $150).

Alternatively, if you have a carrier-locked iPhone, your refurbished iPhone options will be more limited. Sellers who are clear and direct about the refurbished iPhone’s locked status is another indicator that they are more trustworthy.

Get The Perfect Refurbished iPhone At Reebelo Now!

Now that you know what to look for when shopping for a refurbished iPhone, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of Reebelo’s free shipping across the US, a seamless phone purchase experience, free returns within 30 days, and most important huge savings.

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