Refurbished Phones & Refurbished Mobile Phones

Smartphones are big business, but that doesn't mean you have to have a big budget. Shop smart and look around, and you can snap up a refurbished phone that's practically box-fresh, but at far less a premium price-tag. They're often SIM-free and won't lock you into a contract too - perfect for those of us who are a little more selective about our smartphone experience. Keep scrolling to see how OnBuy's seller community can help hook you up with the handset of your dreams - at a price that isn't the stuff of nightmares. Read more about Refurbished Phones & Refurbished Mobile Phones >

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About Refurbished Phones

When you've had enough of upselling contracts and eye-watering handset prices, refurbished phones are the way to go - especially with a seller community as well-connected and tech-savvy as the one that OnBuy has.

From discontinued handsets to the best refurbished phones on the market - sleek, powerful and no longer out of reach - there's a wealth of choice at your fingertips here. Whether you’re after state-of-the-art reconditioned iPhones or super sleek refurbished Samsung mobiles, there are so many reasons to get stuck in.

With a range of refurbished phones that are SIM-free and ready to go, including those from the top names in smartphone tech, you can practically hear your wallet sighing with relief - these are phones about breaking boundaries, not your bank balance!

Are refurbished phones any good?

Absolutely, yes - refurbished phones are professionally restored to top quality and working order by established expertise. This isn't some bloke in a side-street shop polishing handsets and cracking SIM locks.

Refurbished phones come from a number of places - store returns, bankrupt stock or faulty phones that the manufacturers themselves have breathed new life into. They're often indistinguishable from a brand new handset because of these exacting standards.

What's the difference between refurbished phones and secondhand phones?

Refurbished phones have often been improved in some way following their being returned or recognised as faulty, after having initially being sold as new. This is very different to secondhand phones, which have been handled and used by an end customer for some time.

Ever had to send back a piece of tech that didn't work right despite being brand new? Well, that piece of kit had to go somewhere - often back to the manufacturer who, after correcting the fault, can't honestly sell that repaired item as new, because it's been sold as new before.

That's where the beauty of refurbished phones and other refurbished tech comes in - these items still need to be sold, so manufacturers, retailers and electronics experts such as those in OnBuy's seller community let them go for a decent discount.

It means they're in far nicer nick than a secondhand phone is likely to be too - although you'd be surprised how well a lot of used smartphones go the distance!

Do refurbished phones come in a box?

That will vary by seller, but more likely than not, there'll be packaging for your refurbished phone purchase - it might not be the original smartphone's box, is all. Some smartphone manufacturers use special packaging to denote that the tech within is refurbished, so you still get that unboxing-new-kit excitement!

Do refurbished phones work better?

It's understandable to feel nervous about buying a refurbished phone that, say, was sent back to the manufacturer for repairs. However, you actually often end up with a phone that's tested far more stringently than one fresh off the production line if you buy a refurbished phone!

In order to ensure the refurbished phone is able to be sold again, a  manufacturer or technical expert will be extremely methodical in making sure it works - that includes testing every aspect of the phone's firmware, software and hardware, such as buttons and the screen.

In short, refurbished phones that had a fault are tested even beyond what that original fault was, to check there's nothing else wrong - it's the most rigorous tech test any one piece of kit is ever likely to get!

They sometimes get new components put in too - a new battery, fresh buttons and panels, the works. It's little wonder so many savvy smartphone shoppers are looking to refurbished phones as the way to get the latest kit without any nasty bills or lofty price-tags.

OnBuy's selection has refurbished phones of all kinds for you to compare, too, so don't be shy about getting stuck in - the power's in your hands.

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