Apple Certified Refurbished vs. The Big Phone StoreRefurbished devices: they’re cheaper, better for the planet, and a great way to get your hands on the latest technology at an ultra-low price, right? But you might have noticed, buying an Apple Certified Refurbished iPhone doesn’t quite feel like you’re getting the full refurbished-phone experience. Let’s dig a little deeper as we compare the experience of buying a refurbished device from Apple to buying a professionally refurbished iPhone from The Big Phone Store.
1. Are Apple Refurbished devices good value?Apple promises ‘up to’ 15% off the original price of the phone when you buy a certified refurbished device. When we compared like-for-like products, The Big Phone Store’s “like new” iPhones were up to 30% cheaper than RRP. These are phones with zero visible signs of any previous use - no marks, no scratches, no contest. That’s not all - when buying from a trusted professional refurbisher like The Big Phone Store, you’re able to choose from a range of cosmetic conditions, or ‘grades’, to find a perfect fit for you and your budget. A ‘Pristine’ phone may have some light marks on the body, but these will be so small as to be completely invisible unless the device is held closer than 12 inches from your face. If you don’t mind the odd scuff mark, you can save even more!
2. Are Apple Refurbished devices good for the environment?Electronic waste is no joke. Billions of electronic devices are thrown out every year, with a significant proportion of these heading to landfill. By buying a genuinely refurbished device, you're saving one more product from being thrown away. Apple’s Certified Refurbished iPhones and iPads all contain at least some brand-new components; the outer shell and battery have both been replaced, meaning that only the internal components of the phone have been re-used. This means that not only are you paying extra for replacement parts that these phones often don’t even need, the original shell and battery have to be thrown away.
3. Which Apple devices can I buy refurbished?You can’t buy the very latest iPhone from the Apple Certified Refurbished webstore - but here at The Big Phone Store, we begin to stock genuine refurbished models as soon as a new iPhone goes on sale. Just be aware that these sell out quickly to begin with, so check back regularly to see what we have in stock!
4. Are refurbished Apple devices good quality?You don’t need to worry about the quality of our refurbished Apple devices - they’re all in perfect working order - no matter the cosmetic condition of the device. All of our refurbished products, here at The Big Phone Store, from "Like New" to "Good", pass a rigorous certification process, with our iPhones passing a 90-point PhoneCheck certification.
In Summary:Buying an Apple Refurbished Certified device feels like a very similar experience to buying a brand-new iPhone; you get a product that feels completely indistinguishable from a new device, right down to the peel-off plastic protective packaging. If you’re looking for the full benefits of buying a refurbished Apple product, including more money saved and less electronic waste produced, The Big Phone Store offers fully refurbished devices backed by our 12 month warranty.
Refurbished Apple iPhones, iPads, and More - Find the Best Deals at The Big Phone StoreWelcome to the best place in the UK to get your hands on refurbished Apple products that you can trust. Whether you have your heart set on a refurbished Apple iPhone, refurbished Apple iPad, or even a fully refurbished Apple Watch, we have it all available for you in one place right from this page. Find your perfect device today - the tech you love from Apple, refurbished.
What is a Reconditioned Apple Product?A refurbished or reconditioned product is a pre-owned device that has been fully checked and certified to make sure that it passes the same rigorous standards of functionality as a brand new device. These devices come in a huge range of standards, or 'grades' depending on how heavily the device has been used. A "Like New" device will have zero signs of ever having been touched, whereas a device graded as "Good" will show significant signs of wear and tear.
Is it risky to buy a refurbished apple product?You’re not taking any risks when you buy a reconditioned Apple device from us. It's important to re-state that the different conditions only reflect the cosmetic condition of the device, as all of these products pass our certification process with flying colours. And we'll stand by the promise that they work perfectly, with a one year warranty on every Apple refurbished certified device that we sell (from grade “Good” and above). If a refurbished Apple device can't meet our very strict standards, we will grade it as "Fair". These devices might have some minor fault, but they are the absolute cheapest possible way to get your hands on the Apple technology that you know and love, and they come with a 3-month warranty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why Should I Buy Apple Refurbished products?
A: When you buy a Apple refurbished product from The Big Phone Store, you're not only getting an incredible Apple device with all the features you love. You're also getting an incredibly low price!
Q: Are Apple refurbished devices good quality?
A: You don’t need to worry about the quality of our Apple refurbished devices - they’re all in perfect working order - no matter the cosmetic condition of the device. All of our refurbished products, here at The Big Phone Store, from "Like New" to "Good", pass a rigorous certification process, with our iPhones passing a 90-point PhoneCheck certification.